Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting. It falls on the first day of Lent (the six weeks before Easter).
During Lent, many Christians add practices, like praying a Lenten daily devotional, or make a Lenten sacrifice until the arrival of Easter.
As Catholics, we typically attend a special Mass at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice, which is accompanied by the words, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The ashes are prepared by burning palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations.
Not able to join us in person? This Mass will also be streamed through our website.