Learning About the Practices of Our Faith

Ash Wednesday

Pastor Thom Bryant

What is ASH Wednesday and why do we receive an ash cross on our foreheads?



Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a 40-day period during which Christians worldwide prepare our hearts for Jesus' death on the cross and for his resurrection three days later on Easter.

The ashes placed on our foreheads recall the creation story, when God made humans from the dust of the earth. The ash is also a sign of our mortality. One day, we will become again the dust of the earth.