Friday, February 19, 2010

Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday
Those who work with liturgy in parishes know that some of the largest crowds in the year will show up to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. Though this is not a holy day of obligation in our tradition, many people would not think of letting Ash Wednesday go by without a trip to church to be marked with an ashen cross on their foreheads. Even people who seldom come to church for the rest of the year may make a concerted effort to come for ashes.

Those who do not share our customs often make a point of telling us that we have something on our forehead, assuming we would want to wash it off, but many Catholics wear that smudge faithfully all day.

Abstinence from eating meat on Friday throughout the year unless they are solemnities;Abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence till fifty nine years old or sixty years old.

10 comments:

Dave DeWall said...

Hi Silvergirl, yes, even in the hospital the priest came through to mark the foreheads of the people there. My wife wore her ashes all day. I think it's great that they do that.

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Silvergirl said...

Dave, we are catholic so we must have this its our tradition already :) Hope ur getting well now :)

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TheEclecticElement said...

I remember being young when we used to go to church to get 'marked' for Ash Wednesday-We stopped practicing awhile ago though, so we really don't celebrate Lent or Ash Wednesday.
Great info!

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