Ash Wednesday blessing

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Greetings from Medjugorje dear friends, as you know today is Ash Wednesday, the tradition of the parish is no different than other places around the catholic world. As a reminder what Ash Wednesday represents I've posted an article I've found below. GOD bless. 

In the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty days before Easter (excluding Sundays).
At Masses and services of worship on this day, ashes are imposed on the foreheads of the faithful. The priest marks the forehead of each participant with black ashes in the shape of a cross, which the worshiper traditionally retains until washing it off after sundown. The act echoes the ancient Near Eastern tradition of throwing ash over one's head to signify repentance before God. The priest says one of the following when applying the ashes:

Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. (Latin: Memento homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.)
- Genesis 3:19

Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.
- Mark 1:15

Repent, and hear the good news.
- Mark 1:15

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 December 2012 )