How to use Ash Wednesday in a sentence
The period at which the fast of Ash-Wednesday was instituted is uncertain; but it probably dates from the eighth century at least.
Who has not sometimes entered a convent church on leaving a ball-room,—in the early morning hours of Ash-Wednesday, for instance?Russia: Its People and Its Literature | Emilia Pardo Bazán
By next Ash Wednesday, I will have learned how to fast without getting sick!A Confederate Girl's Diary | Sarah Margan Dawson
He promptly professed to be converted and was baptized on Ash-Wednesday 1677.The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
Lent, a time of fasting; the time from Ash-Wednesday to Easter.
British Dictionary definitions for Ash Wednesday
the first day of Lent, named from the practice of Christians of placing ashes on their heads as a sign of penitence
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Cultural definitions for Ash Wednesday
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.”
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