Tuesday, February 9, 2016

6 Things To Know About First Day of Lent: Ash Wednesday

By Maria G. Valdez
A devotee with a cross marked on her forehead takes part in the commemoration of Ash Wednesday outside a Roman Catholic church in Paranaque, Metro Manila in the Philippines.
This year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 10, 2016. It marks the start of Lent, a 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. On that day we will see many people walk around the street with a cross marked on their forehead. But, what does that really mean? Why do most Christians leave the ashes on until the end of the day? Here are 6 fast facts to explain it better. [link]

Museum of Divine Statues in Cleveland Features Eclectic Mix of Christian Art

By Patrick Cooley
A depiction of St. Barbara inside the Museum of Divine Statues on Madison Avenue in Lakewood.
OHIO---The former worship hall is filled with depictions of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and numerous other figures from the Bible and Christian history, most of which came from now closed churches in the Cleveland area. The Museum of Divine States — inside the former St. Hedwig Church on Madison Avenue — has been rescuing works of art in shuttered churches since 2011. [link]

Turban-Wearing Sikh American Actor Is Barred From Mexican Airplane

By Christine Hauser
Waris Ahluwalia said Aeroméxico prevented him from boarding a flight to New York because he refused to remove his turban affiliated with his Sikh faith. Credit via Waris Ahluwalia
MEXICO---An American actor and designer said he was barred from boarding a plane in Mexico on Monday for a flight home to New York because he refused to remove his turban during a security check. The actor, Waris Ahluwalia, who follows the Sikh religion and wears a turban, said he checked in at the Aeroméxico counter at Mexico City’s international airport about 5:30 a.m. and was given his first-class boarding pass with a code that he said meant he needed secondary security screening. [link]

Today is Fat Tuesday, or What the French Call "Mardi Gras"


Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins. [link]

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Mark of Fasting on Muslims vs Christians

By Ernest Disney-Britton
Installing Ron Mueck’s ‘Youth’ in Divine Bodies exhibition
The next 40 days and nights of Lent will come and go again this year without a single mark on the lives of most Christians. Lent contrasts dramatically with the mark of Ramadan as experienced by Muslims. For 30 days, they are one world-community joined in fasting from dawn to dusk. Ramadan is central to their religious identity. The Ramadan fast makes them healthier both spiritually and physically. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews all fast, but as Christians, we prefer feasting to fasting. As we approach Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent, we should all fear that we'll awaken again on Easter morning "without a single mark."
Youth, Ron Mueck, 2009
Youth, Ron Mueck, 2009
He looked surprised in discovering his wound. As if it was an afterthought and looked down to see what was going on. I thought it was interesting also that if you stood on his right side you couldn't see the presumed stab wound really but his expression on that side showed the most surprise to me. Where did he get that from?! [link]
"Art & Religion in the 21st Century" (1st Edition) by Aaron Rosen