Ash Wednesday takes its name from Christian tradition. It marks the start of 40 days of Lent, culminating in Easter.
Bangalore, first published 2 March 2022 at 9:53 am IST
Every year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 2. Ash Wednesday focuses the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, usually through personal and corporate confession.
What is Ash Wednesday?
The name of the day comes from the custom of worshipers being branded on their foreheads with an ash cross to symbolize death and regret for past sins. The priest will accompany the marking with a story from Genesis 3:19 – “Remember that dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Ash Wednesday always falls after Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, celebrated 47 days before Easter Sunday.
The tradition of marking with ashes began in the early church as a way for persistent sinners to outwardly show their desire for repentance. By the end of the tenth century, the custom had spread to all the faithful.
Marked a day later, the observance bridges the gap between pancake-based excess and the disciplined fasting involved in Lent. The day marks the start of Lent, the Christian preservation of the biblical story of Jesus Christ’s retreat into the desert for 40 days.
Here are some Ash Wednesday messages, quotes and Bible verses, to mark the first day of Lent
- Happy Ash Wednesday everyone. On this day let us remember that none of us are here forever and everything will turn to dust one day.
- Ash Wednesday is a day full of happiness. The source of all misery is the delusion that we are anything but dust within ourselves.
- Most merciful Lord, we come this great day of Ash Wednesday in prayer as we remember the walk of our Lord Jesus to Calvary. Happy Ash Wednesday 2022
- Let’s live our life to the fullest, let’s take on every challenge that comes our way. I wish everyone a happy Ash Wednesday.
- Ash Wednesday is the day to reflect on our mortality. Today is the day to celebrate life as we realize that we will all turn to dust one day.
- On this Ash Wednesday, let us remember that none of us are here forever and that one day everything will crumble to dust.
- We are taught to stick together and learn from our thoughts on this great and holy occasion of this Happy Ash Wednesday 2022
- In this world, the day you find yourself, you will find God and the peace you have been waiting for.
- John 11:25-26: “Jesus said to him, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even if he dies; and he who lives believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? ‘”
- 1 Peter 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth in living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:21: “For as death came by a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes by a man. »
- Philippians 3:10: “I want to know Christ, yea, to know the power of his resurrection and his participation in his sufferings, to become like him in his death. »
- Acts 4:33: “With great power the apostles continued to testify of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And the grace of God was so powerfully at work in all of them.
- Luke 24:6-7: “He is not here, he is risen!”
- Romans 8:34: “Who then is the condemner? No one.”
- Philippians 2:8: “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient unto death – even death on a cross!”
- 1 Corinthians 6:14: “And God raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up by his power.”
- Romans 6:9: “We know that Christ, raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no more power over him.”
- Romans 8:34: “Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who rose again – is at the right hand of God and also intercedes for us. »
- Romans 6:8-11: “Death that he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives for God. Likewise, consider yourself dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. “
- Luke 24:6-7: “Remember how he said to you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day rise again .’ “
- Romans 6:8-11: “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ is risen from the dead, he can no longer die; death no longer has power over him. “
- Acts 3:15: “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.”
Last updated on Mar 2, 2022 at 10:27 a.m. IST