|ASH WEDNESDAY - When 40 days before Easter............the 1st day of LENT
Since JEsus retreated into the desert for 40 days and fasted before beginning His ministry. We join Him on His retreat, by taking time for contemplation, reflection, and preparation.
Old times, we heated homes with fire from a wood stove and was not an important cleaning duty. So ashes could be seen over the house. As a mark of something burnt, gone. So ashes became a sign of remorse, repentance, and mourning.
Back then when stopping by a friend's house after someone died. One would gently say "Did you know you have ashes on your face?" Now we wear black arm bands as a sign, back then it was ashes.
Tradionally, the ashes of Ash Wednesday come from burning plams fronds from the previous year Palm Sunday
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