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Explaining Mardi Gras and Lent to the Reformed: A Short Primer

Since most Reformed Christians (real adherents of Reformed theology) don’t observe such Catholic myths as ‘Fat Tuesday’ or ‘Lent’ let me offer a short primer so you know what the Catholic/Un-Reformed are doing for the next few weeks:

Mardi Gras– An opportunity to live as riotously and sinfully as one wishes with the belief that a few moments of ‘penance’ at the conclusion of the ‘celebration’ will please God and erase guilt.

Lent– The hyperpious notion that if one slathers ash and dirt on one’s forehead and gives up a few non-essential pleasures during a period of 40 days one is somehow made right with God, in spite of and even indeed in contradiction oftentimes to the condition of one’s heart and one’s authentic spiritual state.

Ash Wednesday– That day when the Un-Reformed slather ash on their faces and festoon their blogs with constant reminders of their super-seriousness concerning spiritual things.  It is ‘kickoff day’ for the period of Lent, after which, as soon as the Easter Egg Hunt is over, practitioners return to their pre-Lenten state of riotous living and debauchery.

Just remember the words of Jesus-

When you are fasting, do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they go about looking unsightly to let people know they are fasting. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put scent on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. (Mat 6:16-17).

Go, wash your faces, you Lentians, and do your pious acts in privacy, so that they are between you and God!

For Those Busy Episcopalians Who Can’t Be Bothered With A Worship Service…

Ashes to go, for your Ash Wednesday festivities…

For those too busy to go to church on Ash Wednesday, The Rev. Sandra Cosman of St. John’s Episcopal Church will be out standing on Main Street Wednesday, February 22 offering ‘Ashes to Go.’  For two hours, 1 to 3 p.m., Rev. Cosman will stand in her vestments holding a bowl of ashes from the burning of last year’s Palm Sunday palm fronds, offering all faiths a thumbprint of the ash on their forehead. Adminstered to the same spot on the forehead where Christians are baptized, they mark the beginning of the Lenten season.  It reminds us of our humanity and our mortality,” summed up Rev. Cosman who will recite the words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” when the ashes are applied.

Yes, and it also reminds us of the unwillingness of people to set aside time for worship.  So, instead of making themselves available to God (which is the core purpose of worship), they want God to be available to them, to fit into their oh so busy schedules…  I’ve got a new motto for the Ash crowd:

Ash Wednesday: Another Day I Can’t be Bothered to Worship….

Via Dan Stoddart on G+

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