Monday, February 23, 2009

seriously... all day long, eh?

So far 39 of you have voted you don't remove your ashes till you shower or wash your face the next day.... so I can only assume you are receiving your ashes at the evening liturgy. Or maybe you don't have Fr. Heavy Hand smearing ashes across the entire span of your forehead and extending down the slope of you nose.

13 comments:

Emmaus Conversations said...

I remember when I first came back into the church after many years away. I always loved Ash Wednesday and in school(Catholic) it was kool to have a some remaining days later. No face washing here....

The night I came to church in a small southern town, I received my ashes from one of those heavy hands. I had to stop at Walmart for school supplies for my sons and it popped into my head that verse from 2 Timothy Do not be ashamed of your testimony...well you would have thought I had three heads that night but the cashier smiled and said she had forgotten it was Ash Wednesday, so I took a bit off and gave her a dot of ashes. I still remember that I should never ever be ashamed of proclaiming Jesus.

Sarah said...

I love proudly sporting them all day long! Really! (Maybe this means I am nuttier than I thought?) I even feel gipped when I get "Fr. Timid Dot" instead of "Rev. Heavy Hand."

My favorite ash encounters were my sophomore year of college, when someone at my job asked if I had burned myself.

Later my Russian Lit teacher nearly had a heart attack when she saw me. "Here I am, total atheist, and here comes someone who actually believes something?!?!" A child of the USSR, she viewed faith as some kind of impossible exotic talent, like riding a unicycle or juggling knives. She was always amazed to see that ordinary people really could have it. I think that deep down, she felt cheated by her secular atheist upbringing.

Anthony OPL said...

Actually I chose that option because you didn't seem to create one for "washing at the end of the day". I try to get to the first Mass of the day, keep the ashes for all to see until I get home at the end of the day's business then wash my face.

I know people still play "spot the Catholic" on trains and busses in Sydney, and frankly I think it far better to risk a small instance of pride if there's one more visibly Catholic forehead about in Sydney.

Brian A. Batty said...

I go as early as possible, actually. As I got older, I decided to make an effort not to disturb the ashes as a public witness to Christ and the faith; especially hoping to inspire our lapsed Catholic brethren!

Mary said...

Two years ago, the receptionist at the orthodontist office asked if we had been in a car accident, because of the black on our foreheads. She was totally serious, and had no idea what Ash Wednesday was.

Dymphna said...

I have such an oily complexion that I don't need to do anything. In about an hour the ashes are gone anyway.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I wear them all day. Years ago, when I worked in a large tech support call center (no dress code to speak of), I had people all day pointing out to me that I had a smudge on my forehead, and I'd explain to them what it was and why. Until a fellow walked by my cubicle going to a nearby printer; he was tall, wore cut-up jeans, combat boots, denim jacket, multi-colored mohawk hair style, multiple facial piercings -- an 80's punk, holding over into the late 90's. He looked at the "smudge" on my forehead and said, "Oh, is it Ash Wednesday?"

Adrienne said...

I'm like Anthony and go to the early Mass and wear the ashes all day. But really - go to bed without washing my face? That'll never happen.

Jane said...

Ditto to Anthony and Adrienne--I wear the ashes from whenever I go to Mass until just before I go to bed. If I leave them there overnight I'll have a cross-shaped pattern of pimples on my head the next day, which is not the witness I want to give.

Ellyn said...

I prep my face with a dusting of Physician's Formula Pearls of Perfection which makes a nice base for the ashes and helps them to last all day. I am going to have to look to see which priest will apply the ashes with the most gusto, since my preferred priest is out of town this week. (How could he?) I am a convert and I really, really like Ash Wednesday. Of course, even though I work in a rectory office, there are still people who will say, "You've got some toner on your face." Go figure...

Terry Nelson said...

I didn't see this first.

I am one that always told people at work that their forehead was dirty. I know.

LarryD said...

I'll be going to a noon Mass and will be sporting the smudge as I go to several customers afterwards, and then to home.

ashley said...

I usually go to morning mass, but I made it to noon mass yesterday. Luckily this year the ashes clearly resembled a cross. That's easier for people to notice as Ash Wednesday and not toner or dirt.