Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. The priest places ashes on foreheads as a sign of mourning and repentance. We also practice fasting and abstinence to partake in the sacrifice of Jesus when he fasted for forty days and forty nights in the desert while being tempted by the demon. (Matthew 4:1–11)
When the priest or minister places ashes on the forehead, he says one of the following:
"Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return."
"Repent and believe in the Gospel."
During the season of Lent, we are reminded to seek God's mercy and forgiveness through reflection, prayer and penance. And prepare ourselves for the joy of Easter. :)
May we all have a blessed and meaningful Lent!
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Baby Gian's first Ash Wednesday
The priest also placed ashes on his forehead but he's still exempted from fasting and abstinence. ;)