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Ash Wednesday is the beginning day of Lent and always falls forty six days before Easter. It is predominantly a Catholic celebration.
This ceremony is used in Latin Rite Roman Catholic churches to help church members better understand Christ's death and resurrection through self examination, repentance, prayer, fasting, and self denial. The ashes of the palms that were burned on Palm Sunday the year before are blessed. Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return, the priest says as he places the ashes on the devotees' foreheads Genesis 3:19 KJV. Those who observe Ash Wednesday add an additional dimension to their sorrow for their sins: the obligation to prepare for a holy death.
Is it appropriate for Christians to observe ash Wednesday?
As previously said, the Bible speaks plainly about repentance and fasting, but it does not address ash Wednesday. As a result, Christians are not obligated to observe the festival. The key thing to remember is that Christians should be prepared to repent, fast, and focus on God all year, not just during the Lenten season.
Furthermore, although Roman Catholics attend mass on ash Wednesday to mark the start of the lenten season, it is not a holy day of obligation. Ash Wednesday is observed by Anglican Communion churches as well as certain other protestant denominations. Eastern Rite churches, on the other hand, do not observe ash Wednesday, their Lent begins the Monday before ash Wednesday.
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