Ash Wednesday

ASH WEDNESDAY

WHAT DOES ASH WEDNESDAY SYMBILIZE?

The definition of Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, when some Christians wear ashes on their forehead as a symbol of penitence

WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND ASH WEDNESDAY?

 Ash Wednesday is an important date on the Christian calendar as it marks the start of Lent (or the Lenten season if you wish to be a bit more formal). For 40 days from here on in, Christians go through a period of fasting which is to remember the same amount of time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.

 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ASH WEDNESDAY?

 Ash Wednesday is a central part of the season of Lent among many Christian groups (Catholic and Protestant). Lent is a religious time period of 40 days before Easter. The purpose of Lent is to draw people’s focus to prayer, repentance, and renewal of faith.

WHY DO WE USE ASHES ON ASH WEDNESDAY?

 Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned.

IS ASH WEDNESDAY IN THE BIBLE?

Ash Wednesday is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, however, from Biblical times, sprinkling oneself with ashes has been a mark of sorrow for sin. Several times the Bible mentions people repenting in dust and ashes; for example: Mordecai (Esther 4:1), Job (Job 42:6), the inhabitants of Nineveh (Jonah 3:5-6), and Daniel (Daniel 9:3-4).

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