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Catholics Celebrate Ash Wednesday


February 21, 2007

This is a penitential season leading up to the holy week and ending on Easter. On Ash Wednesday, Catholics only eat one meal a day and at Mass priests mark their head with ashes. The ashes are representative of a sign of mourning and are worn until sundown.

“It's a very ancient biblical image of sorrow, of mourning,” said Father Brian Mulcahy, Minister at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. “So, we do it as a way of expressing sorrow for our sins. It's an outward sign of our interior disposition.”

Ash Wednesday is always forty-six days before Easter and each year, it varies depending on the date Easter falls on.


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