Ash Wednesday

 
ash-wednesdayAsh Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable fast that can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.
 
 

Lent 2013 Calendar


 
lent Clean Monday – Monday, February 11, 2013

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 13, 2013

First Sunday of Lent – Sunday, February 17, 2013

Second Sunday of Lent – Sunday, February 24, 2013

Third Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Laetare Sunday – Sunday, March 10, 2013

Feast of Saint Patrick – Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 17, 2013

Feast of Saint Joseph – Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Annunciation of the Lord – Monday, March 25, 2013

Holy Thursday – Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good Friday – Friday, March 29, 2013

Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter – Sunday, March 31, 2013
 
 
 

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