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  • "You Meant It for Evil, But God Meant It for Good" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Luke 22:1-13)

    03/02/2022 11:22:15 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 2, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “You Meant It for Evil, But God Meant It for Good” (Luke 22:1-13) In the beautiful rhythm of the church year, here we are again. It’s Lent, a time to reflect and repent, to pray and praise, to remember and rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ, as he moves humbly toward the cross and then powerfully in victory from the grave. Lent leads us to Easter. This year, we’ll be following Jesus’ story in the Gospel according to Luke. Today, on Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten journey toward Easter under the theme, “You Meant It for Evil, But God...
  • "Repent and Believe in the Gospel" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Mark 1:1-20)

    02/17/2021 6:58:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 37 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 17, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Repent and Believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:1-20) Today is Ash Wednesday, the first of the forty days of Lent. And while we’re not able to meet in person today, due to adverse travel conditions, we still are able to meet here, online, to meditate on God’s Word. And we’re thankful for that. One thing we’re encouraging our people to do this year for our Lenten devotion is to “Read Mark.” That is, we have recommended a schedule for reading through the Gospel of Mark over the forty days of Lent. The readings average only about seventeen verses a day,...
  • Presidential Message on Ash Wednesday, 2020

    02/26/2020 12:02:11 PM PST · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | February 26, 2020 | President Donald Trump
    Melania and I wish everyone observing Ash Wednesday a peaceful and prayerful day. For Catholics and many other Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season that concludes with the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday. Today, millions of Christians will be marked on their foreheads with the sign of the cross. The imposition of ashes is an invitation to spend time during Lent fasting, praying, and engaging in acts of charity. This powerful and sacred tradition reminds us of our shared mortality, Christ’s saving love, and the need to repent and accept the Gospel more fully. We join...
  • Utah teacher forced student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross on forehead, family says

    03/07/2019 2:21:40 PM PST · by ETL · 84 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Mar 7, 2019 | Katherine Lam | Fox News
    A Utah elementary school teacher apologized to one of her Catholic students Wednesday -- and may still face disciplinary action -- after she forced him to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross on his forehead, the boy’s family said. William McLeod, a fourth grader at Valley View Elementary School, received the ash marking -- made in the shape of a cross and applied by a priest --  for the Catholic religious day that signals the start of the Lenten season and then went to school in Bountiful, Fox 13 reported. He told Fox 13 he was the only student who had ashes. “A...
  • Utah teacher could face disciplinary action after forcing boy to remove Ash Wednesday cross from...

    03/07/2019 3:30:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 72 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | MARCH 7, 2019 | DM REPORTER
    FULL TITLE: Utah teacher could face disciplinary action after forcing boy to remove Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead A Utah elementary school teacher may face disciplinary action after she made a fourth-grade boy wipe off the Ash Wednesday cross on his forehead. William McLeod arrived for class at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful on Wednesday with the traditional Ash cross to commemorate the Christian holy day. But William said he was the only student in his class with the cross on his forehead and that his teacher quickly came up and asked him what it was. 'I was...
  • VIDEO: DUmmies Mock Ash Wednesday

    03/07/2019 10:13:16 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 7, 2019 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEO The DUmmies are determined to ensure the re-election of President Trump by a landslide by continuing to alienate even more of the electorate. In this case they are making that attempt by mocking Ash Wednesday. And while mocking "The Deplorables" for being narrow-minded cultists, they continue their deep faith in goddess Gaia and Astrology as we shall see.
  • "Behold the Man: A God Who Prays" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday; Exodus 28; Hebrews 7; John 17)

    03/06/2019 11:40:51 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 6, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Behold the Man: A God Who Prays” (Exodus 28:1-12; Hebrews 7:20-28; John 17:1-26) “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him for my priesthood.” Well, that must’ve been quite a sight. I wonder if the Israelites in the wilderness protested at the elaborate details and the exorbitant expense of making such vestments for Aaron. I wonder, did they have to scuttle these plans until the voters could approve the...
  • "Hearts and Ashes" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Joel 2:12-19)

    02/14/2018 4:28:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 14, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hearts and Ashes” (Joel 2:12-19) Today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for sending your love a box of candy and a Valentine’s card. Something like this: Roses are red, Violets are blue; Sugar is sweet, And so are you. Yes, it’s a day for hearts and flowers. But by coincidence of calendar, today is also Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a day for recognizing our sinful heart, repenting of our sin, and remembering our mortality: Roses are red, Ashes are gray; Remember you’re dust-- You’ll return there one day. But Ash Wednesday is also a day for...
  • Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/14/2018 8:01:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 13, 2018 • As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea. I didn’t like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I’ll admit I still don’t like it too much, I behave myself and don’t rub them off!I pray that this doesn’t seem impious, but I still marvel at how many people pack into the...
  • "The Catechism in Six Parts: The Ten Commandments" (Lenten sermon series, for Ash Wednesday)

    03/01/2017 10:12:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Catechism in Six Parts: The Ten Commandments” Tonight we start a Lenten series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” We’ll be following the six chief parts as Luther lays them out in the Small Catechism: The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. We begin tonight with the Ten Commandments. It’s fitting that today, on Ash Wednesday, we hear the Ten Commandments. For on this solemn and somber day of repentance, the Ten Commandments, God’s Law, will show us our sins and our need for God’s forgiveness,...
  • Are Your Ashes Real Ashes or Just Ritual Ones?

    03/01/2017 8:04:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-28-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Are Your Ashes Real Ashes or Just Ritual Ones? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 28, 2017 • As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I’ll admit I still don’t like it too much, I behave myself and don’t rub them off!I pray that this doesn’t seem impious, but I’m still amazed by how many people pack into the church to get ashes. Sadly,...
  • ASH WEDNESDAY

    02/26/2017 4:33:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 1996 | James Akin
    ASH WEDNESDAY James Akin Q: What is Ash Wednesday? A: Ash Wednesday is the day Lent begins. It occurs forty days before Good Friday.Q: Is Ash Wednesday based on a pagan festival?A: Heck, no. Ash Wednesday originated in the A.D. 900s, long after Europe had been Christianized and the pagan cults stamped out.Q: Why is it called Ash Wednesday?A: Actually, Ash Wednesday is its colloquial name. Its official name is the Day of Ashes. It is called Ash <Wednesday> because, being forty days before Good Friday, it always falls on a Wednesday and it is called <Ash> Wednesday because on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Trump names a Catholic who was mocked on Ash Wednesday to be his press secretary

    12/24/2016 10:37:33 AM PST · by Coleus · 26 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12.22.16 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Trump names a Catholic who was mocked on Ash Wednesday to be his press secretary December 22, 2016 It’s Sean Spicer, who should quickly emerge as one of the most visible members of the administration: Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s communications director and chief strategist, has worked as a senior communications adviser to Trump during the transition. He had told reporters Thursday morning they could expect “further announcements on appointments and staff later today” and additional announcements “in the near future on fulfilling the final Cabinet positions.” He also garnered some attention earlier this year on Ash Wednesday: A slew...
  • Breaking News: FBI moves in to end Oregon stand-off - Agents and armored cars surround militia

    02/10/2016 7:43:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/1016 | Staff
    The FBI on Wednesday evening moved in on the last four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the Oregonian newspaper reported. The four armed, anti-government protesters had been indicted last week with 12 others on charges of conspiring to impede federal officers during an armed standoff at the compound. The takeover at Malheur started on Jan. 2 when their leader, Ammon Bundy, and followers, seized buildings at the refuge in a protest against federal control over millions of acres public land in the West. (Photo)
  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • One Practical Advice For Those Who Don't Have The Will Power During Lent To Fast

    02/10/2016 3:53:11 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 1 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    In this society following the Lenten requirements of our faith and fasting are not in fashion and are not encouraged. Neither the TV, nor the newspapers will encourage you to to fast during this season. The most they may do, is to report on the Ash Wednesday, and the Holy Week, culminating with Easter (i.e. the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ). What can you do, if you don't have the strong will to fast during the 40 days of Lent. There are various levels of fasting. The earliest Church fasts severely restricted all foods, but this gradually eased. Pope...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-16, Ash Wednesday

    02/09/2016 7:30:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • Choice and Consequences

    02/24/2015 5:49:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Choice and Consequences By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and  thereafter face judgment. Hence, we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.Another early reading from Thursday after Ash Wednesday featured Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make. He says to us,Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom …I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have set before you life...
  • You are Going to Die – An After Ash Wednesday Reflection

    02/19/2015 7:07:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You are Going to Die – An After Ash Wednesday Reflection By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt Ash Wednesday Masses we heard the ancient acclamation, as ashes are imposed, Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.The  beginning of the Lenten season puts before us an urgent plea that we should be sober and watchful of our soul and its condition, for the form of this world is passing away (1 Cor 7:31).Simply put, we are going to die and we need to be made ready to meet our God. Recall some of the urgency present in the...
  • The Community Organizer Tries Theology

    02/22/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Ash Wednesday 2015 was a perfect time for President Obama to lecture us about religion. No, wait, that’s every day. Never gets old sitting at the knee of Baal, does it? But Ash Wednesday’s call for repentance did happen to sync up with Obama’s hallowed summit on “extremism.” The Cultural-Marxist-in-chief grabbed the teleprompter microphone in the wake of a months-worth of severed heads and charred bodies, and unwrapped the mysteries of the universe for us. Oh, what blessed diversity! There is no god but ourselves, and Obama is our messenger. Some of us put sooty crosses on our forehead to...