Archive for February 21st, 2007

(Feb.21) Today we're observing. . . Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Ash Wednesday (Christian)
The first day of the Lent. Christians begin their 40 day* period of fasting and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday.

Followers attend mass today and receive a mark of ashes in the sign of the cross on their foreheads signifying the belief that “from dust you came, to dust you shall return.” A version of such is stated by the priest when the ashes are administered to each follower.

The ashes used are from palm leaves left over from the previous years Palm Sunday observances.

*While the Lenten period is actually 46 days, Sundays are not considered part of the period of penance.

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