ASH WEDNESDAY

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ASH WEDNESDAY

Postby jude700 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:52 am

Wednesday, 5 March is Ash Wednesday for many Christians.

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This article is about the day of fasting. For other uses, see Ash Wednesday (disambiguation).
Ash Wednesday
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A cross of ashes/dust on a worshiper's forehead
Observed by Many Christians
Observances Holy Mass, Service of worship, Divine Service, Divine Liturgy
Placing of ashes on the head
Date Wednesday in seventh week before Easter
2018 date February 14
2019 date March 6[1]
2020 date February 26
2021 date February 17
Frequency Annual
Related to Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras
Carnival
Lent
Easter

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance.[2] It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent,[3] the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Old Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics,[note 1] and some Baptists.[6]

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or the dictum "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."[7] The ashes may be prepared by burning palm leaves from the previous year's Palm Sunday celebrations.

Because it is the first day of Lent, many Christians, on Ash Wednesday, often begin marking a Lenten calendar, praying a Lenten daily devotional, and abstaining from a luxury that they will not partake in until Easter Sunday arrives.[8]

It is also the first Wednesday of March & e5 men invite all to join in fasting & praying for the their spouses:

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HUSBANDS FASTING FOR THEIR WIVES

The e5 Man fasts for his bride as a way to imitate Jesus as described by Saint Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, chapter 5 (for which the e5 is named). e5 Men fast in unison on bread and water for at least one 24 hour day per month - preferably the 1st Wednesday of the month.

EPHESIANS 5:25 "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her."

EPHESIANS 5:28-29 "So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church."

Jesus made a bodily sacrifice on the cross for his bride the church to present her to God the Father "without spot or wrinkle." (Eph 5:27) By fasting for our earthly bride and joining our sufferings to Christ's we intercede for grace for our brides. At the same time our act of bodily love in union with Christ accelerates our own conversion.

By making this sacrifice for the women in our lives we live out the essence of the gospel through a very particular act of self denial. To lay down one's body out of love for another is the central message of the gospel.

NOT ONLY FOR MARRIED MEN

Membership is not limited to married men. For single men, their fast may be dedicated to their future bride. For widowers or those unlikely to get married, the beneficiary of their fasts may be for a daughter, a sister, or a granddaughter, and for those whose faith believes in the need - their deceased wife, or any other women in great need. For the consecrated celibate man the benefit of their fast can be for the benefit of the community they serve or for consecrated celibate women.

REQUIREMENTS

Except for medical reasons, the minimum requirements to be an e5 Man are that you:

Be a baptized Christian man.
Register with e5 Men.
Fast on plain bread and water at least one 24 hour period a month for your bride for her needs of spiritual growth and/or healing; preferably on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

ADDITIONAL INTENTIONS OF THE E5 MAN

The intentions of the e5 also include:

All the other e5 Men's brides or e5 Men's intentions.
For all the e5 Women registered with us.
For all women sinned against by men.
For the petitions sent to us by women.
For all the e5 Women's personal intentions.
And in general for all women.

Many e5 Men choose to fast more than once a month and often choose other beneficiaries for those days such as sisters, mothers, or friends.
God Bless.


Man is a spiritual being, and so has the need to develop his spirit and his conscience.
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Re: ASH WEDNESDAY

Postby jude700 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:03 pm

:pray:

Thank you, every one who viewed this post. May this be a blessed season for everyone.

Remember to pray for all on both CNV & NC.

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God Bless.


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Re: ASH WEDNESDAY

Postby Petros » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:57 am

We do thank you for the reminder. It has been too busy to watch the calendar much.
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Re: ASH WEDNESDAY

Postby New_Adventurer » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:12 am

Please remind us what an e5 man is.
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Re: ASH WEDNESDAY

Postby jude700 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:34 pm

New_Adventurer wrote:Please remind us what an e5 man is.


An e5 man is described in the e5man note in end of my 5 March post. Basically, he is one who fasts, bread&water, & prays for at least one day of the month for the significant other in their life. The e5 woman does likewise.

Some of us find fasting easy, others difficult, nay, IMPOSSIBLE, especially when living with one who fails, or refuses, to understand. These may just change all their liquids to water and refusing, denying, reducing, all food when alone or with others.
They may also pray for those over-eating, or just putting too much on their over sized plate & throwing food away :!: :roll:

My abstinence is on Wednesdays & Fridays throughout the year. Both Sandy & myself need the extra prayers. :pray: :happy: :pray: :fantastic:
God Bless.


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Re: ASH WEDNESDAY

Postby jude700 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:54 pm

Yesterday, Thursday, went with S to see her doctor. afterwards we stopped at Steak & Shake for shakes (Strawberry for her, peanut butter for me), and a portabella Burger for her. Getting home we divey the goodies and get a Teri Yaki sub sandwich for me. Preparing the sub, the vegetables fall into the cat food bag and the cat food bag and the vegetables get thrown out to the critters in back, My dinner finishes up to be eaten NOW.

For Doug H, was watching "Real life Catholics(.com) on EWTN." The show shows Catholics in their daily work life. This week ranching with helicopters and growing water melons, from sorting seeds to packing.

GOD has given me a start for this Lenten season. :areyouthere?:
God Bless.


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