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Ash Wednesday


Today is Ash Wednesday, or the ‘Day of Ashes’. It is the first day of Lent, a season of reflection, prayer, penitence and fasting leading up to Easter Sunday. It is also one of the most important holy days in the Catholic Church’s Liturgical calendar.

The day derives its name from the practice of having a cross drawn in ash on your forehead. Dust and the sign of the cross are worn like “badges of honour”. The imposition of ashes — of dust — is a reminder of our death, and is a symbol of sorrow for our sins.

The symbolism of dust comes from the Book of Genesis chapter 3 verse 19: “You are dust and to dust you will return.” Ashes are normally made from the burnt palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

Acknowledgements: www.catholic.orgwww.wikipedia.org