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The 11 greatest #prelfies (priest selfies) from Ash Wednesday

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the selfie.


TODAY IS ASH Wednesday, and that can mean only one thing: priests taking selfies with their ashes.

It’s been a strong showing from the clerical hierarchy so far. Here are the finest #prelfie examples, ranked in reverse order. We’ve saved the best til last:


Good ‘solemn face’ effort, bit of a rookie selfie error with the light from the window. Prelfie rating 5.5/10.


Purple stole on fleek but duckface needs work. Prelfie rating 6.2/10


Strong smile, accidentally closed eyes adds ‘realness’. #nofilter. Good effort overall. Prelfie rating 6.9/10.


Classic selfie shot, retro upholstery detailing a hipster bonus. Prelfie rating 7.3/10.


Strong intensity, but a more experienced selfie taker might hold the camera a little further away from the mirror. Prelfie rating 7.5/10.


Cheeky grin, relaxed backwards lean, everything about this selfie says ‘No biggie’. Prelfie rating 7.8/10


Source: Archbishop Kurtz

First group selfie of the list, so technically more challenging. Good effort marred only by blurring and half priest’s face out of shot. Prelfie rating 7.9/10


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Dramatic lighting on the face, a bit scary, would definitely make you go and get ashed. Prelfie rating 8.8/10


Near-perfect group selfie, manages the technically tricky feat of getting everyone to smile, bonus Father Damo points for mentioning Buzzfeed. Very strong effort. Prelfie rating 9/10.


Incredible duckface from Left Priest sends this shooting almost to the top. Prelfie rating 9.4/10.


Everything about this is perfect. Game over. Prelfie rating 10/10.

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