Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar.  Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer that takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday.  The practice of wearing ashes on the forehead comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting.  As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words:  Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  Everyone is invited to receive the ashes as a visible sign of penance.