Tag Archive: Ash Wednesday

All About Lent

The more intentionally we prepare for an event, the more meaningful that event can become.  This week we started the season of Lent, the period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) of preparation for Easter.  Lent has traditionally been marked by penitential prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Today, some Christians do not place as great an…

Ash Wednesday Basics

On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22 this year), many Christians attend worship services at which they receive ashes on their foreheads. The pastor marks the forehead of each worshiper, often saying “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”  It’s a way of remembering that we are human (and mortal), and especially that…

Ash Wednesday

Why We Do What We Do For more than ten centuries, Christians around the world have marked the beginning of Lent (the time of preparation for Easter) by getting their foreheads smudged with ashes in the sign of a cross. In the Old Testament (and other ancient spiritual traditions), ashes were placed on the body…