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What is Ash Wednesday?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:07 PM on Feb. 25, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • In Western Chrisian churches Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and it indicates the beginning of Lent. (Lent is the 40-some days before Easter.) In ancient time ashes were a sign of mourning and was a way of expressing sorrow for our sins.

    Answer by eringobrough at 5:36 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • this is my best description: Ash Wednesday is the start of the 40 days before Easter. The ashes are burned palms that were saved from the previous year (that were passed out on Palm Sunday) mixed with Holy Water. The pastor/priest then places ash crosses on the foreheads of the congregation. **I looked this part up: It represents mortality as humans and in a biblical sense, repentance-sorrow-humility which is shown throughout the Bible with the use of ashes. Some people fast, some don't. It doesn't have to be the whole day, just one full meatless meal & no snacking.

    Answer by RugersMommy06 at 5:10 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • its the end of mardi gra. no more debauchary and sinning, now its time to be good and go to church for ash wed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:17 PM on Feb. 25, 2009


    There's the definition, or meaning...

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:38 PM on Feb. 25, 2009