Priests post #ashtag selfies for Ash Wednesday

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Forget duck face and sparrow. This week, Twitter was all about the #ashtag.

Priests got a whole lot of attention recently, and it's not because of their sermons. Some social media savvy priests observing Ash Wednesday decided to post "holy selfies," much to the delight of some (but certainly not all) followers.

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Priests post #ashtag selfies for Ash Wednesday
Rejoice and Repent!! @USCCB #ASHTAG #Lent2015 @thenorthface http://t.co/aj7QlzMVp8
Have a holy # #ashtag http://t.co/NUZdwzqdfk
ITS ASH WEDNESDAY! SHOW ME YOUR ASHES!!! #AshWednesday #ashtag http://t.co/A7xGWS5a8b
How's your #ashtag ? http://t.co/N7SHHf59h6
How long do you think it will take my church warden to realise that I mix my ashes with superglue? #ashtag http://t.co/JsT8zygONu
@USCCB #ashtag http://t.co/rgJagMGrTr
@BroDuncanPBGV Oh please! Have a little fun! Catholics are actually fun people.
Don't think They approve of all these #ashtag selfies. Something about letting your good deeds be seen by God rather than paraded on Twitter
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"Believers traditionally mark the Christian holiday, which denotes the beginning of Lent, by smearing ceremonial ashes across their forehead. Now, they're also snapping selfies," Business Insider reported.

The #ashtag selfies joined #showyourash images being shared on Twitter and Instagram. The holiday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter.

While some people applauded the priests' leap into the cyber age, others weren't happy about the jokes. What do you think? Is this a fun way to gain even more awareness for the holiday, or a disrespectful move? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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