This year’s Ash Wednesday is on February 18, which is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It is observed among Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans, and Presbyterians, among others. This is a day of fasting for most Christians. The only other day of fasting during Lent is on Good Friday.
During Ash Wednesday, Christians receive the imposition of the ash on their foreheads as a sign of repentance. This rite uses the ashes made from palm fronds blessed on the previous Palm Sunday. The ashes are prepared with holy water and scented by exposing to incense.
With the marking of ashes in the shape of a cross on the forehead, the priest may recite either:
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”
“Repent, and believe in the Gospel”.
During the 1969 revision of the Roman rite, the alternate formula “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” was introduced and given priority.
The physical imposition of the ashes on the forehead of a participant is not the foremost reason why Christians receive ashes. They receive ashes as a symbol of atonement and attrition and to remind us that God is compassionate and forgiving to those who invoke upon Him with a remorseful heart. The Christian community expects that people of other sectors respect this important ritual.
It’s the second week of the new semester and already, it’s a busy one! In-between classes, quizzes, club meetings, and study sessions, take a look at our library workshops. They’re informal classes where you can bring questions about your papers, pick up some new research skills, and find out ways the library can make your life easier.
There’s a workshop for everyone, but our two most popular are “APA the Easy Way” and the “Citation Clinic.” Don’t worry. They fill up fast, but we offer multiple sessions a semester.
APA the Easy Way
Is APA confusing? Set in your MLA or Chicago ways? Master this citation format and walk away knowing how to write a paper in APA style and how to incorporate cited references.
Find your APA groove at the first workshop on 2/19 from 4-5pm, run by Reference Librarian Hugh Burkhart.
Sometimes citing too hard can hurt your head. We can help. Your library specialists are prepared to diagnose problems with APA, MLA, Chicago Style, and more. Come get spot treatment for all your references.
Ace your midterms with the first workshop on 3/10 from 12:15-1:15pm, run by Reference duo Hugh Burkhart and Martha Adkins.
Sign up for one of these workshops or check the rest of our schedule here: http://www.sandiego.edu/library/services/workshops.php.
Or pick up an easy-to-skim flyer at the front desk and find the right time and workshop for you.