Why do Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday?

By | August 29, 2019


By going to church and receiving ashes on
our forehead on Ash Wednesday, as those ashes are placed on our forehead the priest says
to us, “repent and believe in the Gospel.” Those ashes remind us of our responsibility and our devotion to repent, to try to get rid of those things which perhaps we are not too proud of; our sins, our failures. Repent. Those are the words that Jesus himself was
always saying to people, “repent and believe in the Gospel.” Belief in the Gospel is belief in the Lord
Jesus, so those are the two main things that cross of ashes signifies on our forehead:
that we are dedicating the next six weeks to repentance and believing in the Gospel,
believing in the Lord Jesus.

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