Ashes to Ashes – Dust to Dust

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Lent has arrived once again and with it comes the tradition of going to mass and being anointed with ashes.

This year holds a little different meaning for me as I was able to attend mass with my ten-year old niece.  As we sat in mass, I wondered what she knew about Lent and the act of receiving ashes so I leaned over and asked her if she had given anything up for Lent.  She gave me a big grin and shared her choice with me.   Then I asked her if she knew any ash songs and she look at me bewildered.  I embarked the following melody, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…they can beat anybody but they can’t beat us”.   As I had a private chuckle, I told her that it was actually the words from a cheer that we used to chat in cheerleading at old Havering High School.  As usual,  she shook her head at me and proceeded to tell me that I just wasn’t right.

As we proceeded up to get ashes on our forehead, I heard her giggle behind me and had to smile.   I am grateful for being able to participate in this age-old tradition, but more importantly share it with my niece.

About cdvisions

A New Yorker that has been enjoying the south for close to 30 years. Loves being creative and is always looking for fun outlets to share designs, art and all things beautiful.
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