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Old 03-01-2006, 06:47 PM   #11
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A lady at my work is walking around with a BIG dark smudge on her forehead all day. When I got here and saw her I thought she had accidentally gotten ink on herself so I told her about it. She said no, it's Ash Wednesday. Okay - I'm an idiot - sorry about that.

I know lots of Catholics (my wife is Catholic too) but I've never seen someone intentionally keep the ash on the forehead all day long. To each her own I suppose. Anybody else partake in the blackened forehead?

As for the above mentioned German nothing-but-beer-for-40-days religion: sign me up dudes.

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Old 03-01-2006, 06:56 PM   #12
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My wife is Catholic but I don't recall her ever having the ash cross on her head, but I may have just missed it. She does chase me around the narthex trying to put a 'water cross' on my forehead when I accompany her to mass.

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Old 03-01-2006, 08:00 PM   #13
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A lady at my work is walking around with a BIG dark smudge on her forehead all day. When I got here and saw her I thought she had accidentally gotten ink on herself so I told her about it. She said no, it's Ash Wednesday. Okay - I'm an idiot - sorry about that. AHU
Well, you should get her a Doppelbock and say "You can start drinking now". But on a second thought, that wouldn't go over well in America. But even in Germany this is not widely known. It took me untill I started reading about beer what the backgound of the Doppelbock is.

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Old 03-01-2006, 09:51 PM   #14
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Man, there are so many things on this thread that I can comment on, but I'll leave it at...the monks daily ration of beer during Lent is 5 liters!

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Old 03-01-2006, 11:58 PM   #15
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I know lots of Catholics (my wife is Catholic too) but I've never seen someone intentionally keep the ash on the forehead all day long. To each her own I suppose. Anybody else partake in the blackened forehead?
Growing up the nuns told us if we washed it off before the end of the day we'd go to hell. Sure enough, now I live in Houston.
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Growing up the nuns told us if we washed it off before the end of the day we'd go to hell. Sure enough, now I live in Houston.


Incidentally, I came home to a smudged wife, so I guess that answers that. I opted to bottle hefe instead of attend mass, so may get transferred to Houston...
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Old 03-02-2006, 03:13 AM   #17
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Growing up the nuns told us if we washed it off before the end of the day we'd go to hell. Sure enough, now I live in Houston.
I visited my sister in Houston in July 2 years ago and I swear it was hot enough for hell!
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It's that time of the year again.

Time to tap that Doppelbock.

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Growing up the nuns told us if we washed it off before the end of the day we'd go to hell. Sure enough, now I live in Houston.
El Pistolero, that is hilarious, and very appropriate. My condolences.
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Man, there are so many things on this thread that I can comment on, but I'll leave it at...the monks daily ration of beer during Lent is 5 liters!
Holy crap! That's about 10.5 pints of 6-10% alcohol per day. I may have to attempt an honorary lent one of these weekends.
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