What is Ash Wednesday?

I believe in the power of fasting: spiritual fasting for deeper connection to my Creator, mental fasting to allow my mind to be present, and physical fasting as a way to keep my body well. But fasting takes discipline and a sincere and heartfelt belief in the benefits of deprivation.
I’ll write more later to share my personal experience with fasting, but I wanted to share with you an important day on my calendar, Ash Wednesday. This is the day I will commit myself to God for a full 40-day fast.

So what is Ash Wednesday?
According to GotQuestions.org,

Ash Wednesday is the first day ofLent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) beforeEaster Sunday, it will always fall on a Wednesday—there cannot be an “Ash Thursday” or “Ash Monday.” The Bible never mentions Ash Wednesday—for that matter, it never mentions Lent.

Lent is intended to be a time of self-denial, moderation, fasting, and the forsaking of sinful activities and habits. Ash Wednesday commences this period of spiritual discipline.

Read more on the GotQuestions.org website:
http://www.gotquestions.org/Ash-Wednesday.html

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