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Question about Ash Wednesday

Posted by Racer on March 3, 2006, at 18:41:51

What do the ashes on the forehead represent?

(Hey -- lapsed protestant here, so what do I know about these things?)

Thanks for any information anyone chooses to offer me.

 

Re: Question about Ash Wednesday Racer

Posted by sleepygirl on March 3, 2006, at 19:15:54

In reply to Question about Ash Wednesday, posted by Racer on March 3, 2006, at 18:41:51

repentance, fasting, looking silly.."ya got something on your head there, etc....."
burnt palms from the last Good Friday in oil placed in shape of cross

 

correction...

Posted by sleepygirl on March 3, 2006, at 19:17:17

In reply to Re: Question about Ash Wednesday Racer, posted by sleepygirl on March 3, 2006, at 19:15:54

ashes from last years Palm Sunday

 

Re: Question about Ash Wednesday

Posted by Racer on March 3, 2006, at 20:46:48

In reply to Re: Question about Ash Wednesday Racer, posted by sleepygirl on March 3, 2006, at 19:15:54

Thank you. So, it's the ashes from last year's Palm Sunday, but what is represented? (Besides looking silly? ;-D ) Is it to do with rebirth/resurrection? Like a phoenix? Or is something else going on?

Thank you, by the way. I truly do want to know, and appreciate your taking the time to explain.

 

Re: Question about Ash Wednesday Racer

Posted by deirdrehbrt on March 3, 2006, at 21:22:30

In reply to Re: Question about Ash Wednesday, posted by Racer on March 3, 2006, at 20:46:48

Actually, the ashes represent us. From ashes we were made, to ashes we shall return. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
It reminds us of our mortality.

I don't remember the actual words the priest uses as he applies them, but that's the general ideal.

--Dee

 

Thank you for answering (nm) deirdrehbrt

Posted by Racer on March 3, 2006, at 21:50:30

In reply to Re: Question about Ash Wednesday Racer, posted by deirdrehbrt on March 3, 2006, at 21:22:30

 

Re: Question about Ash Wednesday Racer

Posted by Simus on March 4, 2006, at 14:38:39

In reply to Question about Ash Wednesday, posted by Racer on March 3, 2006, at 18:41:51

Very informative site on the subject:

http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0204.asp


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