Today Catholics officially commenced the lantern campaign famously known as Lent, the journey that will last for forty days of fasting for the faithful.
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They mark the journey by applying ashes to their forehead the occasion which is led by the ordained priest. The ashes are traditionally prepared from the burned palms of the previous year's palms Sunday as they are returned to church one week before the ash Wednesday.
Lent is a time of self-reflection, repentance, humility, mortality, and mortality the reason why when the ashes are applied the priest says these words, "turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel."
Again the use of ash reminds the faithful that we came from dust and to dust, we shall return but our souls are immortal. It also serves as a reminder to Catholic Christians that change or death is inevitable and they should observe denial of luxury in favor of God's kingdom.
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