Christians Mark Ash Wednesday With #Ashtag Selfies

Religion meets social media on the first day of Lent.

1. On the first day of Lent, Christians on Twitter and Instagram were encouraged to upload pictures of themselves with ashes on their forehead using the hashtag “Ashtag.”

2. It didn’t take very long before the word began trending and thousands of images flooded social media.

3. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops even asked people to share their selfies for an official album.

4. Naturally, many of the first #ashtag selfies were taken by teens.

all ashed up #datash #ashtag➕

— Ashley Schiro (@schiroa)


— Chancho (@JohnMorgan121)

#AshTag @ZahnAlex @datfearfever

— Jiggle Butt. (@KitKatKate_)

#ashtag #ashselfie

— Lil B. (@katybrevik)

10. But soon, priests, pastors, nuns and other religious men and women started to appear in the #ashtag selfies.

Ash wednesday selfie with the one and only father Don! ✊

— Billy Ray Mitchell (@Billythekid_75)


— Laura Morera (@_LauraLuvv)

Father Jack's funny face #ashtag

— victoria (@VeeKlee)

13. Teachers at religious schools uploaded images of themselves with their students.

Post Ash Wednesday Mass. Love these kids. #ashtag

— Father Brian O'Brien (@frobrien)

All Saints #Episcopal School, Tyler, Tx. #ashtag #AshWednesday #selfie #chscom

— Jeff W. Fisher (@jeffwfisher)

15. Before long, older men and women of faith started to participate.

Non-gloomy Youth Ministers! First stop on the Lenten journey! #ashtag #catholicstl

— Sandy Reynolds (@sandvolleymom)

Love those red doors @trinitytville. #ashtag #dust #Episcopal #ashestogo #tctville #selfienation

— Carolyn Clement (@singingcarolyn)

Ash Wednesday proud to be Catholic #AshTag

— Mariluz Montoya (@mariluz323)

18. And, eventually, priests, pastors, ministers, reverends and nuns started tweeting their own #ashtag selfies.

#ashtag one service completed two more to go

— Fr john (@frjohn1)

Me, the Vicar and Northlew Parish Church Choir. #ashtag #AshWednesday

— Nigel Coke-Woods (@nigecw)

I think we have the coolest Nuns in our office! #ashtag

— St. Mary's Cathedral (@St_MCB)

Ash Wednesday. Final service of the day in Santa Margarita, 19:00. #AshWednesday

— Rev Paul Strudwick (@anglicanmenorca)

Staff currently in the office gathered for a spontaneous #ashtag selfie is Lent supposed to be so joyful?

— Fr. James Mallon (@FJMallon)

Getting up for a 7am service, not so great. Having almost 20 people join me, pretty awesome. #ashtag #episcopal #ri

— Patrick Greene (@Fr_Pat)

Retweet if you are ready to: Repent and believe. #AshWednesday

— Fr. George Mabura (@Fr_iMabura)

I don't usually post selfies, but when I do, they're ashtagged. #ashtag (Fr. Selvam got me good!)

— Dan Parrish, C.S.C. (@Profetcsc)

26. Did you take an #ashtag selfie? Add yours below!

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