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I believe that the imposition of ashes is universal within the Roman Catholic Church. The practice was "made official" in a 1091 decree of the Council of Benevento, which states: "on Ash Wednesday everyone, clergy and laity, men and women, will receive ashes"1 Before that, the practice was done in private, dating back many centuries, and probably in ...


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I would suggest that most of this comes from imitation of Catholic traditions. The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of symbolism, and included in that tradition is the use of vestment colors. Liturgical colors have reference in Biblical traditions, however...the only color worn by clergy until the 4th century was white. The first mention of different ...


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While observance of lent is definitely on the rise; this is especially true of Denominations closely related to the Catholic and Orthodox Denominations, as is commonly known both in the Christian and non Christian societies. I can only speak for my Southern Baptist faith. In most of our churches fasting is being more emphasized, as a strengthening factor ...



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