[quote=Scout]Can someone please tell me the purpose of Ash Wednesday? Where did the tradition come from, why are ashes put on our foreheads and what purpose does it serve, etc.?
Any information would be great. I’m the only Catholic in my family and I know that they’re going to be asking these questions, so I want to be prepared for them.
There is a lot that can be said about Ash Wednesday, but i’ll keep it simple. First of all the ashes that are used at our Parish is ashes from the Palms that are used on Palm Sunday. The ashes represent the dust/dirt that we were created from and where we will return to. No matter how proud we are of all our accomplishments in life, when the ashes are applied to our foreheads, it is a humbling experience, because we are nothing but the dust/dirt that we are created from.
As far as preparation, maybe someone else can tell you how would be the best way to prepare.