Skip to comments.Christians around the world taking part in Ash Wednesday.
Posted on 03/01/2006 7:33:41 PM PST by churchillbuff
Christians around the world taking part in Ash Wednesday.
It's one of the holiest days of the year. It marks the beginning of lent.
The 40 days of Lent are traditionally a period of personal sacrifice and reflection leading up to Good Friday, when Christians recall Christ's crucifixion, and Easter, when they celebrate the joy of Christ's resurrection.
Pope Benedict the 16th led an evening Ash Wednesday mass in Rome, marking the first day of lent.
The Pope marked the day with a call for people to overcome indifference to the poor and share what they have with the needy.
Benedict then led a Mass where he placed ashes on the heads of the faithful to symbolize mortality.
I got my ashes.