4th November 2019

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Where do the ashes come from that are used on Ash Wednesday?

The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made from the burning of palms blessed in the previous year's Palm Sunday celebration, when Christians carry palms to recognize the Gospels' reference to Jesus's path being covered in palm fronds on the day he entered Jerusalem.

Keeping this in consideration, what happens on Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting and repentance. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or the dictum "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
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