Biblical Evidence for ash wednesday


Can anyone give me some biblical sources on ash wednesday. Specifically receiving the ashes


Try here: Prophecy Of Isaias (Isaiah) Chapter 58

[1] Cry, cease not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their wicked doings, and the house of Jacob their sins. [2] For they seek me from day to day, sad desire to know my ways, as a nation that hath done justice, and hath not forsaken the judgment of their God: they ask of me the judgments of justice: they are willing to approach to God. [3] Why have we fasted, and thou hast not regarded: have we humbled our souls, and thou hast not taken notice? Behold in the day of your fast your own will is found, and you exact of all your debtors. [4] Behold you fast for debates and strife. and strike with the fist wickedly. Do not fast as you have done until this day, to make your cry to be heard on high. [5] Is this such a fast as I have chosen: for a man to afflict his soul for a day? is this it, to wind his head about like a circle, and to spread sackcloth and ashes? wilt thou call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord?

[6] Is not this rather the fast that I have chosen? loose the bands of wickedness, undo the bundles that oppress, let them that are broken go free, and break asunder every burden. [7] Deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the needy and the harbourless into thy house: when thou shalt see one naked, cover him, and despise not thy own flesh. [8] Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall speedily arise, and thy justice shall go before thy face, and the glory of the Lord shall gather thee up. [9] Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall hear: thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou wilt take away the chain out of the midst of thee, and cease to stretch out the finger, and to speak that which profiteth not. [10] When thou shalt pour out thy soul to the hungry, and shalt satisfy the afflicted soul then shall thy light rise up in darkness, and thy darkness shall be as the noonday.

[11] And the Lord will give thee rest continually, and will fill thy soul with brightness, and deliver thy bones, and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a fountain of water whose waters shall not fail. [12] And the places that have been desolate for ages shall be built in thee: thou shalt raise up the foundations of generation and generation: and thou shalt be called the repairer of the fences, turning the paths into rest. [13] If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy own will in my holy day, and call the sabbath delightful, and the holy of the Lord glorious, and glorify him, while thou dost not thy own ways, and thy own will is not found: to speak a word: [14] Then shalt thou be delighted in the Lord, and I will lift thee up above the high places of the earth, and will feed thee with the inheritance of Jacob thy father. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.


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Try here: Prophecy Of Isaias (Isaiah) Chapter 58


Sorry but could u explain that? Im only in rcia


I can give you something from Catechism you should learn and understand very well as a fellow brother who longs to be in full communion with the Church of Christ:

76 In keeping with the Lord's command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways:

  • orally "by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received - whether from the lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit";33

  • in writing "by those apostles and other men associated with the apostles who, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, committed the message of salvation to writing".34

77 "In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their successors. They gave them their own position of teaching authority."

80 "Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine well-spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing, and move towards the same goal."

87 Mindful of Christ's words to his apostles: "He who hears you, hears me",49 the faithful receive with docility the teachings and directives that their pastors give them in different forms.


This should help:


Ash Weds is the first day of Lent. Lent is the period prior to Easter when we reflect on our sins, and the Lord's death on the cross, what that means to us individually. It's a time of penance and reflection, fasting, etc.

Ash Weds and Lent are disciplines of the church. They are based on common biblical themes. You won't find an Ash Weds in the bible, but you will find that people looking to do acts of penance would wear ashes on their faces and wear heavy, rough clothing. Again, as a way of doing penance. Lent itself is a reflection of the common theme of 40 days such as when the jews wandered the desert for 40 years, Jesus going to the desert to fast and pray for 40 days, etc. 40 is a common theme for repentance and purification, and the duration of Lent is supposed to reflect that.

On Ash Weds we are marked with the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes as a sign of the beginning of Lent, beginning of penance and reflection. It is not a sacrament, it's an outward sign of a time of inward change. Ash Weds and the period of Lent is not something magical, Catholics don't believe it will save us or promise us anything from God (although a good reflection certainly can't hurt your soul) and the common practice of giving something up for Lent and/or abstaining from meat on Fridays is not something supernatural or magical that brings us salvation. As I wrote, it is a discipline of the church, and designed to be outward signs and practices of penance and repentance from sin and getting closer to God.

I have often seen other protestant christians look at Lent and that period with disdain, and they often misinterpret it as something it is not. It all leads us to Christ and to turn away from sin. Heck, I've even seen some so-called Christians being critical of Easter.

And as you are in RCIA as you reported, something to learn about Catholicism is that we rely on scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium (the Pope and the Bishops) not solely on the bible. Lent and Ash Weds is something that has developed over time going back to the early days of the church and the Traditions handed down over time from the days of Christ and His Apostles. Not everything has to be in the bible in order to be good and fruitful to faith in Christ.


Remember that Catholics are not the only ones who observe Lent and use ashes on Ash Wednesday.


Thanks so much!!! I get it now!!


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