It’s Ash Wednesday … one of the most attended services of the year. And it’s not even a holy day of obligation.
But there’s just something about getting ashes smeared on the forehead that attracts lots of people.
I’m not complaining though.
I love seeing the pews packed. I’m hoping today will be no different.
It’s an opportunity for us all to acknowledge our sins, extend our prayer life, fast, and prepare for Easter.
This week’s issue of Genuflect focuses on Ash Wednesday to help us all go a little deeper in our understanding to make the most of the experience.
Then over the next six weeks we’ll look at certain aspects of the Lenten journey. I hope you have a blessed Lent.
Lent wasn’t part of the liturgy of the Church in the very earliest years. The season and the practices associated with it have developed over time. Here’s why.
Indeed, the sign of ashes is quite challenging if we understand what it really means. We are saying some pretty powerful stuff and making some extensive promises of a sort. Here’s what the ashes signify.
Today is Ash Wednesday. Here are some things to know about Ash Wednesday and the kickoff to Lent.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time set aside to help us with that goal of attaining holiness. Thankfully, the church in her wisdom and tradition provides us with some guidance as to what kinds of actions we are to take to grow in a deeper relationship with Christ during Lent.
Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. However, it is always one of the most well attended liturgies of the year. That is because we all know we need to heed the invitation it offers.
Either by random selection, or with a more intentional method, finding a heavenly helper is sure to make the season more successful. Here’s how this could be done.
Catholics should try not to rub their ashes off after Ash Wednesday Mass, an English bishop has said. Here’s why.
Travelling and need to find a church for Ash Wednesday service? This site will provide a list of Catholic Churches based on city, state, or zip. You’ll need to visit the church’s website link provided to get the service times for Ash Wednesday.
“So far, five people today have asked if I know that I’ve got dirt on my forehead.” Read one girl’s Ash Wednesday experience when she got ashes before work. It’s one we all can relate to!
This graphic has been around for a while, but it never gets old. Check out this visual guide to decipher what your ash Wednesday ashes shape means.
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