Some Churches Will Offer Glitter Ashes on Ash Wednesday to Welcome Gay Community

Some churches will be offering glitter mixed in with ashes for their Ash Wednesday services this year, as a way to welcome members of the LGBT community.

Gay-affirming clergy members will mix purple glitter with the ashes they will put on congregants foreheads in tomorrow’s Ash Wednesday services, according to Christian Today.

The ashes put on worshippers foreheads in the shape of a cross signify human mortality and the need for a Savior. Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day period leading up to Easter.

Although some have called the glitter ashes irreverent, Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen argues that it is quite the opposite.

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