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    Posted on Mar 5, 2014

    Christians Mark Ash Wednesday With #Ashtag Selfies

    Religion meets social media on the first day of Lent.

    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!

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