Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. Why the ashes?
Traditionally, ashes have been a symbol of repentance and humility. They remind us that we are sinners, but we are joyfully confident in God’s great mercy and His capacity to transform us into someone better. As we receive the ashes, the priest or deacon says “Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).
The ashes also remind us that we’ll die someday (“You are dust, and to dust you shall return”, Gen 3:19). We must not waste our life, but should spend it serving God and others.
The use of ashes on Ash Wednesday is a beautiful tradition dating back more than 1,000 years. Go get your ashes tomorrow!