Ashes: How long to leave them on?
(02-10-2016, 04:29 PM)Christus_Vincit Wrote:
(02-10-2016, 04:21 PM)SaintSebastian Wrote: I always found it interesting that the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday is about not marking your face, but rather keeping it clean.  :hmmm:

GOSPEL (Matt. 6:16-21)
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, "And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee.

"Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through, and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal. For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also."

Yes, I have never had the seeming contradiction adequately explained to me.  It is something I want to read up on.

Ha ha ha... I had never thought of that before. Of course, my first thought was "well, at least they don't use a Sharpie..."
I leave mine on until I wash it off before I go to bed. I have only gone to evening Masses, though, so I haven't worn it in public.

From the FE page on Ash Wednesday:  "After we leave the church, we leave the ashes on our foreheads until they wear off naturally from the course of the day's activities. They are a public witness to those things our society does not wish to embrace: the reality of death, penance for sin, and the hope of resurrection in Our Lord, Jesus Christ."

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