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Ash Wednesday

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  • Ash Wednesday's rituals and symbols [Commentary]

    In our religious relationships there are frequently rituals and symbols: the sign of the cross, prayers, special embraces, a kiss. These customs are expressions of our humility, love and heartfelt needs. Many people who seldom go to church make a...
  • Mardi Gras: 5 things you need to know to 'Let the good times roll'

    For those of you who think Mardi Gras is just about free pancakes and colorful beads, think again. Mardi Gras, which literally means Fat Tuesday, is deeply embedded in the Christian ethos, with a rich tradition of carefree, excessive pleasure and acting...
  • As Lent approaches, watching for 'the Francis effect'

    As Lent approaches, watching for 'the Francis effect'
    Given all the excitement his papacy has generated, the approach of the first full Lenten season under Pope Francis resonates particularly with Catholics — even fallen-off Catholics — who prefer to see faith as social activism and not as Sunday...
  • Mardi Gras: Celebrate with king cake and 16 additional recipes!

    Mardi Gras: Celebrate with king cake and 16 additional recipes!
    Mardi Gras is Tuesday -- do you have your king cake? At first sight, it may come across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold — there's nothing subtle about it. It might be...
  • Oregon's same-sex marriage battle divides people of faith

    PORTLAND, Ore. — When Jackie Yerby and a small band of devout Catholics go to the cathedral for Mass this Ash Wednesday, they will be sending an unmistakable message. Pinned to their lapels will be big white buttons that proclaim, "Catholic...
  • Berlin Film Review: 'The Turning'

    With its interlocking non-linear narratives and obliquely recurring characters, Australian author Tim Winton's 2005 short story collection "The Turning" is already something of an artistic tangram; brought to the screen by 18 different filmmakers who...
  • Wrapped up in Liberace ... Angelina & Leo -- heroes! A look at networks and HBO ... Actors, Actors, Actors

    "THERE'S NOTHING MORE intriguing than a movie star wrapped like a mummy playing someone just emerging from plastic surgery. Think Humphrey Bogart in "Dark Passage," Elizabeth Taylor in "Ash Wednesday." And now, in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," Michael...
  • Stephen Colbert wears his religion in his punch lines

    Stephen Colbert wears his religion in his punch lines
    Like everything Stephen Colbert does on television, it's set up as a joke. A nun and a television host walk into a studio. They discuss the recent papal censure of American nuns for "perpetrating a feminist agenda." The host takes a hard line. "The...
  • Commentary: A truly fascinating exploration: the Gospels

    In the church we have liturgical seasons. We begin our year with the season of Advent. We celebrate Christmas and Epiphany, move into a bit of Ordinary Time, and then it's on to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. We celebrate Easter and its season....
  • Nick Flynn's search for lost time

    Nick Flynn's search for lost time
    In Nick Flynn’s new book, “The Reenactments,” the memoirist and poet delivers a meditation on the peculiar experience of watching his life story become a movie. Starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano, the Paul Weitz-...
  • Head of Episcopal Church visits Orlando Diocese

     
    Rev. Katharine Jefferts Shori, head of the Episcopal Church in the United States and 15 other countries, is visiting the Central Florida diocese for the first time since she became presiding bishop in 2006. Shori is scheduled to visit St. Gabriel's...