Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday 2009

It is Ash Wednesday today. It is the start of Lent Season. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.

As Catholics, we observed Ash Wednesday as day of fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the fridays of Lent is considered a day of fasting among Catholics between ages 14-59. Fasting on these days means only one full meal and two smaller meals.
What I always remember during Ash Wednesday is when the priest make the sign of the cross in the forehead using the ash, he would say, "Remember you are from dust, and to dust you shall return."


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