A congregant, about a year ago, expressed a desire to understand different elements of Christianity better. Therefore, throughout Lent, we will be taking a closer look at explaining why many Christians do what they do.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. (More on Lent tomorrow.) There is a symbol used during this day, it's an ashen cross put on the forehead. The ash symbolically comes from the dried palms of the previous year's Palm Sunday. (Yeah, we will get to that one too.) The palms are burned into an ash, then mixed with holy water, or anointing oil. It's a symbol of our mortality. From the ashes we have come, and to the ashes we will return. Ash Wednesday puts us in the right frame of mind to accept the journey we are about to take to get to Easter.