Mar 022014

ashesThis Wednesday, March 5, marks Ash Wednesday — for Christians, the beginning of the Season of Lent.

It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is taking the ashes to the people with “Ashes to Go” in front of Dunkin Donuts, 297 Boston Post Road (the one near the Smartliving Center) from 6:30 to 8 a.m.

In Case You Didn’t Know (Excerpts from the Catholic.org website)

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy AshesWater and are scented by exposure to incense.

Why we receive the ashes

Following the example of the Nine vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told

“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past. (For full history, click HERE).

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