Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday! For millions of people of faith around the world, the beginning of Lent—observed in the 40 days before Easter Sunday.
And for many, the inevitable question: “Why do you have dirt on your forehead?”

Although there’s no mention of an Ash Wednesday in the Bible, clergy worldwide apply the ash on the forehead as parishioners participate in a time-honored liturgy, welcoming a season of fasting and prayer.
But did you know Ash Wednesday is inspired by Hebrew Bible verses like Jonah 3:6 and Daniel 9:3, and the association of ash with repentance. Christians also impose ashes as a sign of repentance, and the reminder of humility, and often quote Genesis 3:19: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return."

Engage with the Bible—in the influence of this Book of books!

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