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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday

March 6, 2019 , today, opens the door to lent. It is known as Ash Wednesday and occurs directly before the season of lent that comes before Easter. Individuals from a variety of Christian sectors will observe this holiday. Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans and Methodists are all denominations that will observe Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday is a day full of prayer, fasting and repentance. Participants will have a repentance ashes placed on their forehead. The day has been created in accordance with the phrase "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" In addition it is the first day of lent in which many will give up items and make more time for the Lord

Fasting is a large part of this day as well. While the day before was full of dining on Fat Tuesday this day is full of abstinence. The Lent season is meant for a period of fasting for forty days. Historically many will fast from sunup to sundown. Ash Wednesday and every friday during the season of Lent are meat free days.

Ashes are a large part of the activities of Ash Wednesday. Ashes will either be sprinkled over the heads or they will be used to mark a cross on the forehead. Many participants will take blessed ashes home with them to place on the heads of other members of the family

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