An article from Sara Miles on the significance of Ash Wednesday:
Today isn’t exactly the most enticing of Christian holidays: it’s got no beautiful decorations, no gifts or trees or beloved carols, no festive parades or fancy hats. There aren’t Champagne toasts, sugarplums, or party tables laden with hams and roast goose: in fact there’s no food at all. Nobody gets a nice greeting card for Ash Wednesday: you just have some dirt smeared on your face and are informed, bluntly, that you’re going to die.
And yet Ash Wednesday has become one of the most oddly visible days in the Christian calendar, attracting new attention from believers and reaching people who don’t consider themselves part of the Church… [continue to read full article here]