Everyone has had ashes on their heads today. I know it means Ash Wednesday but what is Ash Wednesday? Why ashes on heads for Lent?
I know Ash Wednesday means the kickoff to the Easter Season sort of like Black Friday kicking off the Christmas Season but what do ashes have to do with the Easter holidays? Someone said it means death but I thought Easter was all about resurrection.
Also, why so far out from Easter Day? Christmas Season is just a few weeks before Christmas Day but why so far out for Easter Season at the Ash Wednesday start? Is it cause Easter is not the big holiday that Christmas is?
- MogLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
There can be no doubt that the custom of distributing the ashes to all the faithful arose from a devotional imitation of the practice observed in the case of public penitents. But this devotional usage, the reception of a sacramental which is full of the symbolism of penance (cf. the cor contritum quasi cinis of the "Dies Irae") is of earlier date than was formerly supposed. It is mentioned as of general observance for both clerics and faithful in the Synod of Beneventum, 1091 (Mansi, XX, 739), but nearly a hundred years earlier than this the Anglo-Saxon homilist Ælfric assumes that it applies to all classes of men. "We read", he says,
in the books both in the Old Law and in the New that the men who repented of their sins bestrewed themselves with ashes and clothed their bodies with sackcloth. Now let us do this little at the beginning of our Lent that we strew ashes upon our heads to signify that we ought to repent of our sins during the Lenten fast.Source(s): Catholic Encyclopedia
- Ben ShimonLv 51 month ago
It is just one of many pagan traditions in the pagan Roman Catholic cult.
- LynnmarieLv 71 month ago
Probably something to do with the Bible reference of repenting in sackcloth and ashes - a sign of repentance of sin.
- 1 month ago
Show from the Bible where Paul commands Christians to put a mark on their forehead. Oh wait, it's the Antichrist who commands people to put a mark on their forehead. Could it be that Roman Catholicism is the religion of the Antichrist ?