What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is a Christian observance that marks the first day of Lent, the 40-day Christian season for fasting, prayer, reflection and penance in preparation of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and forgiveness on Easter Sunday. Today, Christians who observe Lent typically give up one special thing that they enjoy rather than fast.
When is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is observed on a different date each year, depending on when Easter falls. This year, Ash Wednesday will fall on March 9.
How do people observe Ash Wednesday?
Using ashes, ministers rub the sign of the cross onto the forehead of each worshiper during Ash Wednesday church services. Made from the remains of burned palms that were blessed on Palm Sunday of the previous year, the ashes symbolize death, mortality, penance and sorrow for sin. The form of the cross symbolizes the forgiveness of sins through Christ’s death and resurrection.
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