Holidays and Traditions
Ash Wednesday is the seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lenten fast, on which many Christians receive a mark of ashes on the forehead as a token of repentance and mortality. As a mark of spiritual discipline, most of the Christians observe fast between Ash Wednesday and Easter. This category is all about the history and significance of Ash Wednesday and its customs.
Asked in Catholicism, Ash Wednesday
What is the meaning of the ashes on Ash Wednesday?
The ashes are burnt from the palms of the past year's Palm Sunday and they represent the sin that we have and the death that we will face (as in "for dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return" Genesis 3:19). That sounds really morbid, but it's a way to begin and prepare yourself for the season of Lent, remembering sins and the redemption that has been given to us all. ...
Asked in Ash Wednesday
What is Ash Wednesday?
The seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lent, on which many Christians receive a cross from ashes on the forehead as a token of penitence and mortality. It is the beginning of lent. Ashes from blessed palms are mixed with Holy water and a cross is marked on the persons forehead. "Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust" this is where the body came from and this is where it will return. The Soul (essence of a person)...
Asked in Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday
What years are Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday on the same day?
1652, 1657, 1714, 1720, 1725, 1866, 1872, 1877, 1923, 1934, 1945, 2018, 2024, 2029, 2170, 2181, 2238, 2244, 2312, 2396 ...
On Ash Wednesday what does the priest say when he puts ashes on your head?
It can be any of these three that the priest will say: Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. - Genesis 3:19 Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. -Mark 1:15 Repent, and hear the good news. Then the lay people reply with an AMEN! after he says either of those....
How do you calculate the date for Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is always 47 calendar days before Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox (March 21). Lets use 2011 as an example. The first full moon after the vernal equinox is Monday April 18th. Easter Sunday is the next Sunday after that (Sunday, April 24th). Now, subtract 47 days: March 9th is Ash Wednesday. ...
Asked in Catholicism, Definitions, Ash Wednesday
What does ashes to ashes mean?
Probably has to do with getting cremated after you die. Ha, ha, ha! No it is part of the Anglican (Church of England, Episcopalian) burial service: "ashes to ashes, dust to dust". Ashes and dust are synonymous terms which mean "dirt". (This is why "ashcan" means the same as "dustbin") The sense is that we start out as dirt (see the book of Genesis for the story of Adam being created from dirt) and we end up as dirt. Our physical...
What are some good April Fool's day pranks?
April Fool's Day Pranks: For the computer geek: Install a script that automatically activates on 4/1 that turns the monitor display upside down. Either put tape over a sink sprayer or fold blankets so family member gets stuck in bed pocket. First you fold the back of the sheet up, then the other like you usually would. Then when you get in, your stuck in a pocket. Pretend you broke your arm and put a cast on it. Then if you are in school...
What is the origin of Ash Wednesday?
Ashes are black and catholic people lke the colour black This is obviously a very young responder. The exact date of origin of Ash Wednesday is not known. There is documentation of the celebration dating to the 8th century, but there is also some information which suggests the custom dates back to even earlier than that. It was not observed as "Ash Wednesday" until sometime in the 11th century. The modern interpretation of the ashes is to remind us of our mortality...
Is Eucalypt Ash more fertile than Wattle Ash and why?
Is Eucalypt Ash more fertile than Wattle yes because wattle ash has all electric Pokemon and eucalypt ash has water all Pokemon...
Asked in Founding Fathers, Christianity, Ash Wednesday
How did Judeo-Christian heritage contribute to the Founders' understanding of human rights?
Hugely interesting question and requires a book or two to answer fully. First, however, I'd like to correct you on the use of the term human rights-- if you mean the Founders' of the US, then they were more interested in civil rights and freedoms. The term "human rights" only came after WWII (1945 San Francisco). Several basic understandings are shared between Judeo-Christian tradition and rights-thinking. These include: 1) All humans have inherent human worth. 2) Individuals are responsible for their own actions, and...
Asked in Catholicism, Ash Wednesday, Lent
What age do you have to be to not eat meat during Lent on Ash Wednesday?
Catholics age 14 and up must refrain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent. ...