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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | March 6, 2019

Today is Ash Wednesday. What is Ash Wednesday?

Today is Ash Wednesday. What is Ash Wednesday?

It is not mentioned in the Bible. The Roman Catholic Church adopted a Lenten season beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending on easter Sunday – – 46 days later (40 days of Lent followed by 6 culminating on Resurrection Sunday). It was first observed by the RC church in 323 AD.

Although it is not in the Scriptures, I do think that it is important to remember the sufferings of Christ and to repent of our sins seeking forgiveness. Ash is a sign of repentance (cf. “Sackcloth and Ashes) and giving up something for lent (usually food) reminds us of the 40 days that Christ was tempted without any food.

Are Catholics wrong to observe Lent? No. We are all wrong to not remember that Christ suffered, bled and died for our sins and – – praise God! – – arose from the dead for our justification on Easter Sunday.

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