Ash Wednesday, observed by Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches, is the first day of Lent. It falls on the Wednesday seven weeks before Easter. Observers may have ashes imposed on their foreheads as a reminder of their mortality, as referenced in Genesis, “you are dust, and unto dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19).
- Lent Is Not a VibeEven our most beautiful rituals and reflections can’t bring relief from the reality of death.
- World Weary in the Garden of GethsemaneWe must put to death the idea that we were ever the ones in control.Indonesian
- The Ever-Present Memento MoriHow to remember that we must die on Ash Wednesday.FrançaisIndonesian
- Ash Wednesday in a Time of WarPutin’s denial of death reminds Christians why we serve a Lord who conquered the grave.
- When We Survey the Wondrous CrossLent invites us to gain perspective by facing our mortality.
- ’Tis Mystery All! The Immortal Dies!How can we even begin to understand this astonishing, amazing love?
- Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold Our Bodies DownWhat does the Resurrection tell us about God’s plans for us?
- May We Be Shaped by the Songs of the CrossDevotional readings for Lent from Christianity Today.
- Ash Wednesday’s Imposition of HumilityThe dust from whence we came and will return dirties our hearts now.
- In a Year of Death, Ash Wednesday Offers Unexpected HopeThe liturgy of the first day of Lent leads us through dust to the Eucharist.Português