Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

The Wednesday after Quinquagesima Sunday, which is the first day of the Lenten fast.

The name dies cinerum (day of ashes) which it bears in the Roman Missal is found in the earliest existing copies of the Gregorian Sacramentary and probably dates from at least the eighth century. On this day all the faithful according to ancient custom are exhorted to approach the altar before the beginning of Mass, and there the priest, dipping his thumb into ashes previously blessed, marks the forehead -- or in case of clerics upon the place of the tonsure -- of each the sign of the cross, saying the words: "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return." The ashes used in this ceremony are made by burning the remains of the palms blessed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. In the blessing of the ashes four prayers are used, all of them ancient. The ashes are sprinkled with holy water and fumigated with incense. The celebrant himself, be he bishop or cardinal, receives, either standing or seated, the ashes from some other priest, usually the highest in dignity of those present. In earlier ages a penitential procession often followed the rite of the distribution of the ashes, but this is not now prescribed.

My daughter (11 years old) is up from Atlanta for Easter so I will be back next week.


At 9:23 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Have a good time with your daughter, and thanks for the Ash Wed. lesson!

At 3:06 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

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At 3:10 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Your daughter is still young enough to do the fun things. Sadly I still do some of these things myself. There is a demolition derby up here and I will sneak in.

At 6:00 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Enjoy your time with your precious little one AC!..Happy Holidays and Ty for the comments at my humble abode !..:)

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Interesting. I need to go get tonsured.

At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and tomorrow - HE is risen! PRAISE THE LORD!

good times to you and yours, a.c.


At 9:02 PM, Blogger Obob said...

enjoy the time with your child. And remember, her candy is yours when she goes to sleep

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Hello from Venezuela home of the Black bean ice cram! Just checking out your blog.Enjoy your visit.

At 6:24 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Here's another learning blog for me, seeing that I am not overtly religious, it's always good to learn something new. Thanks, and best wishes with you and your daughter.


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