Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Did you know that you have something on your forehead???

Today is Ash Wednesday, it is the first day of Lent.  Ash Wednesday gets in name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance.  The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.  The ashes are mixed with an oil and the resultant paste is the placed on the forehead in the form of the cross by the priest.  When dispensing the ashes the priest usually says, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

If you see this mark, realize that this is a common practice on Ash Wednesday.  Although it can be distracting to the viewer, the believer is showing his repentance to God as well as to you.

My prayers for those of you beginning your sacrifices for Lent.


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