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It’s Ash Wednesday, and the Catholic memes proliferating on Twitter prove that nothing is sacred. The jokes celebrate the centuries-old tradition and highlight some relatable Catholic experiences.
Finding someone else in public with ash on pic.twitter.com/0zDubUvWUL— John Paul Hauge (@reel_catholic) March 6, 2019
If your knowledge of Catholicism is limited to what you picked up from Lady Bird, here’s a quick primer on the yearly tradition: Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting. A priest will place ashes in the shape of a cross on the forehead of those observing the holy day while saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of Lent, during which practicing Catholics give up one luxury of their choosing until Easter.
Hopefully, you didn’t give up memes for Lent, so you can laugh at these without any Catholic guilt.
Your Catholic Guide to Ashes 2019. There's always a little somethin' new 😉 #AshWednesday #Ashtag #Lent #EndGame #CatholicStyle #Catholic #dontstopbelieving "There must be time for frivolity." - St. Thomas Aquinas pic.twitter.com/nF0xRMpbk1— Bill Donaghy (@BillDonaghy) March 4, 2019
When you realize that Lent starts this week but it feels like Christmas was only yesterday pic.twitter.com/5Mrbwca5f2— Kaitlyn Callahan (@kaitmcallahan) February 7, 2016
When somebody spell God with a lowercase g pic.twitter.com/1PvKscT50c— Tee (@TNiCE252) April 24, 2016
Lent starter pack: pic.twitter.com/xnT6tciJjd— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) February 17, 2016
when you’re supposed to be performing mass but ur getting roasted in the group chat pic.twitter.com/gi6jk3pqlO— second dad serenade (@JordanFrame) May 10, 2016
when you're catholic & you forget to go to church on ash wednesday pic.twitter.com/uWtAalZ20h— Nathan (@hosterthepeople) February 11, 2016
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Ignacio Martinez is a reporter specializing in online gaming and political communities. His work has previously appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM. He is based in Austin, Texas, and you can follow him on Twitter at @NacioMartinez.