Thursday, 12 March 2020

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, and falls six and a half weeks before Easter.

The Lenten period is one of reflection and repentance of sin, with those who observe it expected to seek reconciliation with God.

Many choose to give up an indulgence, or fast, during Lent as a representation of the Temptation of Christ as he fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert.

Why is it called Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday gets its name from early traditions in the Christian Church in Rome, when penitents and sinners would partake in a period of public penance.

During this, they were sprinkled with ashes and dressed in a sackcloth until they were reconciled with church-goers on Maundy Thursday.

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