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Ash Wednesday

17th Feb 2021

Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.

Ash Wednesday starts Lent by focusing the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, usually through personal and communal confession. This happens during a special Ash Wednesday service.

You can follow the Ash Wednesday service by clicking below:
https://catecheticalcentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ash-wednesday-liturgy-for-homes.pdf