Christians Mark Ash Wednesday With #Ashtag Selfies

Religion meets social media on the first day of Lent.

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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."

Today's #chsocm tip: Take that #AshWednesday selfie and use #ashtag

Mark Alves@markalves

Today's #chsocm tip: Take that #AshWednesday selfie and use #ashtag

01:54 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Don't forget to take your selfie and #ashtag it today after you've received ashes.

Katie Hargis@bigredkate44

Don't forget to take your selfie and #ashtag it today after you've received ashes.

08:49 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

We're putting together an album of #AshWednesday photos. Share a pic of you with your ashes at media-relations@usccb.org.

USCCB@USCCB

We're putting together an album of #AshWednesday photos. Share a pic of you with your ashes at media-relations@usccb.org.

07:25 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

TURN UP FOR LENT #catholicgangordie #ashwednesday

keagan gay@keagzz

TURN UP FOR LENT #catholicgangordie #ashwednesday

11:46 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@Schmity13 @spicy_topping @frzachk #ashtag #tweetingduringchurch #bestmassever

Connor Recker@ConnorRecker

@Schmity13 @spicy_topping @frzachk #ashtag #tweetingduringchurch #bestmassever

12:24 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

all ashed up #datash #ashtag➕

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

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

02:30 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Father Jack's funny face #ashtag

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

Post Ash Wednesday Mass. Love these kids. #ashtag

Father Brian O'Brien@frobrien

Post Ash Wednesday Mass. Love these kids. #ashtag

12:31 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Jeff W. Fisher@jeffwfisher

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

11:09 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

03:19 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Carolyn Clement@singingcarolyn

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

05:15 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ash Wednesday proud to be Catholic #AshTag

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

#ashtag one service completed two more to go

05:47 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Nigel Coke-Woods@nigecw

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

04:14 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

St. Mary's Cathedral@St_MCB

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

12:24 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Rev Paul Strudwick@anglicanmenorca

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

01:00 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Fr. James Mallon@FJMallon

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

09:33 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Patrick Greene@Fr_Pat

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

08:06 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Fr. George Mabura@Fr_iMabura

Retweet if you are ready to:

Repent and believe.

#AshWednesday

10:02 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

01:31 PM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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