Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lent

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lent.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday.

This practice is common in much of Christendom, being celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and some Baptist denominations

Lecrae Wins Best Gospel Album at the GRAMMY Awards

Lecrae wins Grammy award
Lecrae Moore
Days after Christian rapper Lecrae's recording "Fakin'" topped MTV.com's Top Music Video's Picks after premiering on MTV and MTV2, the Houston, TX native won a GRAMMY for his Sept. 2012 album Gravity Sunday night. Lecrae won Best Gospel Album, becoming the first Christian hiphop artist to do so.

Lecrae thanked God and his family of devoted fans for his accomplishment on Twitter. He tweeted, "Just won a Grammy. I dedicate it all to the Unashamed fam all over the planet. 1.1.Six-To God be the Glory."

Other big names in Christian Music were also recognized during 55th annual GRAMMY Awards.

TobyMac, One of Sunday's GRAMMY Winners

Matt Redman took home two GRAMMYs for his song "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)." The worship song won Best Gopsel/Contemporary Christian Music Peformance and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Redman shared the title of Best Contemporary Christian Music Song with Worship leader Israel Houghton and choir New Breed's "Your Presence Is Heaven" in tied win.

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