Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn season of reflection, repentance and renewal.

On this day, we receive ashes on our foreheads in the shape of a cross, symbolising mortality and penance. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration, signifying the cycle of life, death and resurrection.

Ash Wednesday invites us to acknowledge our mortality, turn away from sin and commit themselves to a period of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. It serves as a poignant reminder of the need for spiritual purification and the transformative power of God’s grace in preparing hearts for the joyous celebration of Easter.

for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. – Psalm 103:14