Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Ashes of Lent


Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Catholic season of Lent. The Catholic church on the corner of Downey Ave. and 5th St. was just getting out of Mass as I passed by so I stopped to take a couple pictures of our modern day homage to the season. Not exactly understanding the entire meaning of the ashes on the forehead, I went home to research.
"Putting a 'cross' mark on the forehead was in imitation of the spiritual mark or seal that is put on a Christian in baptism. This is when the newly born Christian is delivered from slavery to sin and the devil, and made a slave of righteousness and Christ (Rom. 6:3-18)." Origin of Ash Wednesday

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