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EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from the week of 26 February - March 4 2018

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Ashes to no?

You seem to have forgotten that our Lord tells us to wash our faces during our period of fasting. There can be no occasion for pride for something we regard simply as a helpful liturgical practice and not mandated by the Gospel. Surely it causes us no inconvenience of discomfort. Is it an effective tool of evangelism? I would say not. It strikes me as another manifestation of our consumer culture. If someone does not have the time to reorient their lives to attend one of the many liturgies offered on Ash Wednesday, then "ashes to go" is simply another choice which promotes consumerism and not discipleship. And, of course, having ashes on one's forehead says nothing at all about our all important internal disposition to repentance and amendment of life.

Fr. Carlton Kelley
St. John's Episcopal
Bellefonte, PA
CARLTONHOME20@GMAIL.COM
26 February 2018

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