Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation. Catholics do not need to go church this day.
But strangely it is very very popular. A priest and I laughed about this years ago. It has to be about the ashes and demonstrating to others your faith.
posted on 02/08/2013 4:35:30 PM PST
(Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
"It has to be about the ashes and demonstrating to others your faith."
It's More about humbling yourself before God.
After Christmas and Easter, Ash Wednesday is the most popular day in the Catholic Church.
posted on 02/08/2013 7:10:59 PM PST
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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