got ash?

For Catholics all around the world, this particular day is a very important holy day in the liturgy calendar. So, it is not your typical Wednesday; It is Ash Wednesday.

What does Ash Wednesday even mean?

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent: the season for prayer, reflection and fasting. Catholics gather on this day for mass and to receive ashes in the form of a cross. The symbol of the cross is drawn on the forehead by a priest. Everyone is welcome to receive the ashes!

The ashes are the result of burning blessed palms branches from the previous year’s Psalm Sunday Mass and are a reminder that from dust we came and to dust we shall return.

The Lenten journey begins today, Ash Wednesday. I invite each of you to live this time in an authentic spirit of penance and conversion, like a return to the Father, who awaits us all with open arms. – Pope Francis via Twitter

Thanks for reading,

Gabby Salazar

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