What Is Ash Wednesday? All You Need To Know

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Every year, Ash Wednesday is celebrated to mark the start of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. The Bible teaches us that, Lent is a 40-day season marked by reflection, fasting, repentance and celebration. The period of days stands for Jesus’ time of temptation in the wilderness where he fasted and got tempted by Satan.

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Bible Verses to Reflect on for Ash Wednesday

If you’re planning on observing Kent and Ash Wednesday, here are a few Bible verses to help you meditate and help you reflect on their day.

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Our Creation: Genesis 2:7 – Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Our Curse: Genesis 3:19 – By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

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Our Cry of Repentance: Psalm 51:7- 10 – Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 

Who Celebrates Ash Wednesday?

Mostly once in the months of February or March, people walk the streets with ash on their foreheads. The day is mostly called the Day of Ashes.

Ash Wednesday begins Lent by putting much focus on the Christian’s heart towards prayer and repentance. During this festivity, people confess their sins and are believed to be forgiven by God.

 

What Happens On Ash Wednesday?

During the celebration, the pastor mostly delivers a reflective sermon. Many church services will have a lengthy period of silence and the fellowships will mostly leave the service in absolute silence. Oftentimes, there is a responsive passage of the scripture centring around confession. Communal confessions of sins will be experienced by the fellowships.

After this, the fellowships will be invited in front to receive the ashes on their foreheads. The priest oftentimes dips his finger into the ashes and spread them in a cross pattern on the forehead of the believers say “From dust you came and from dust you will return.”

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What Do The Ashes Represent?

The ashes used during Ash Wednesday are a symbol of two things; death and repentance. “Ashes are equivalent to dust, and human flesh is composed of dust or clay (Genesis 2:7), and when a human corpse decomposes, it returns to dust or ash.”

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