Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned. In the liturgical practice of some churches, the ashes are mixed with the Oil of the Catechumens (one of the sacred oils used to anoint those about to be baptized), though some churches use ordinary oil. This paste is used by the priest who presides at the service to make the sign of the cross, first upon his own forehead and then on each of those present who kneel before him at the altar rail. As he does so, he recites the words: "Remember (O man) that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."As a Catholic, it comes with certain, ehhhhh how do you say, 'encouragements' to "give something up" for a period of time. It's not mandatory by any means. It's kind of like a New Years resolution, but with the understanding that its only for 40 days, and not a year (whew!). So, what have i chosen to give up?
Yes, yes, go ahead and read that line above one more time. Sarah and i have both taken a pledge to give up all alcohol for the entire Lenten season. That means liquor, beer, AND wine.
I know it will be tough. VERY tough, considering the current living circumstances. However, we are giving ourselves a strict one day reprieve on St. Patrick's day to go buck wild. Why? Because he's a saint, silly!
No, seriously. It's going to be pretty tough. There are some out there who think i perhaps indulge too often.....
Well, DAD, this ones for you. (Now get off my friggin' back!)
Wish me luck!