Ash Wednesday is upon us again!
Here are 9 things to know and share . . .
1. What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent).
The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on this Wednesday in which the faithful have ashes put on their foreheads.
According to the Roman Missal:
In the course of today’s Mass, ashes are blessed and distributed.
These are made from the olive branches or branches of other trees that were blessed the previous year [on Palm/Passion Sunday].
2. What does the putting on of ashes symbolize?
According to the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy:
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