Ash Wednesday, in the Western Christian calendar, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days (40 days not counting Sundays) before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of repentance. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. This paste is marked in our foreheads to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told
“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
The religious regard this day as the start of the season of repentance, reflection, fasting and abstinence. People refrain from eating meat on this day and every Friday until Easter Sunday.
Did you go to church today? Did you fast and abstain from meat?