Ash Wednesday/Beginning of Lent

Ash Wednesday opens Lent and a season of fasting and prayer for Christians around the world, usually about six weeks before Easter. But did you know that Ash Wednesday comes from an ancient tradition of penance and fasting, including wearing the ashes on the forehead. It’s a reminder to Christians of the words in Genesis 3:19 and Ecclesiastes 3:20, “You are dust and to dust you shall return.”

The last week of Lent, called Holy Week by many Christians, begins with Palm Sunday, which celebrates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem as described in the Gospels. It continues with Maundy Thursday, recalling the last supper of Jesus with his disciples, and Good Friday, remembering the crucifixion of Jesus as described in the Gospels.

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