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As I've mentioned before, last summer Man of the House was accepted as a minister in The American Association of Lutheran Churches. Though he has served in campus ministry and as an elder in a Reformed baptist-type church, this is his first time in a liturgical tradition (which we are loving, by the way). So I have to get used to seeing odd things about the house, such as this:



Know what it is? A jar of palm ashes for use on Ash Wednesday. Man of the House needs to experiment with the proportion of oil to ashes before then. The joys of being a novice . . .

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  1. So brace yourself. After Palm Sunday I'm going to increase the supply for the churches and keep some for my use wherever I am next year. They say palm branches are difficult to set on fire unless you dry them in a low-temperature oven to get them really tindery. Then I'll crumble them a bit and put them into an empty flower pot to set them on fire. Outside. Don't worry.

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  2. Keep the hose ready just in case . . .

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  3. Lol, you guys. Where do you even find palm branches in West Virginia?

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  4. Traditionally, the palm branches from Palm Sunday are burned and used the next year for Ash Wednesday, though you can buy palm ashes ready-made. The palms for Palm Sunday have to bought somewhere, though, unless one lives in the tropics. . . which we obviously don't.

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  5. Lizzie can just mail us some. :P

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