- the first day of Lent.
Origin of Ash Wednesday
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Ash-Wednesday fell on the 6th of February, and in Lent she might not marry.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
It was Ash-Wednesday, the hall must be cleared; the quiet Lenten season had begun.A Word Only A Word, Complete
He promptly professed to be converted and was baptized on Ash-Wednesday 1677.The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
We have had the carnival of the Commune, and now Ash-Wednesday is come.Paris under the Commune
The period at which the fast of Ash-Wednesday was instituted is uncertain; but it probably dates from the eighth century at least.
- the first day of Lent, named from the practice of Christians of placing ashes on their heads as a sign of penitence
The seventh Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent for most Christians (see also Christian); the day after “Fat Tuesday,” or Mardi Gras. It is frequently observed as a day of fasting and repentance for sin. In some churches, ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday as a reminder of their mortality. The words of God to Adam in the Bible (see also Bible) are often used in the ceremony: “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”