Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday Ushers in the Season of Lent Before Easter

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Today is the Ash Wednesday. With this day, starts the season of Lent, when Christians practise more penance, self-reflection, almsgiving, fasting and abstinence. The Lenten season ends with the Easter Sunday, when Christians believe Jesus Christ resurrected from death.

On Ash Wednesday, Christians receive ashes on their foreheads as a symbol of humility and a reminder for doing penance for gaining increased holiness and preparing oneself for a good death. In the Catholic churches, priests place ashes on the faithfuls' foreheads and say: "Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return." Ashes are derived from palms used on the Palm Sunday Mass. Palms are burnt and made into ashes and blessed by priests.

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