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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At Wilmington’s St. Mary Catholic Church and countless others around the world worshippers received a cross of ashes on their forehead.

Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent. The lead-up to easter recalls Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness.

For Catholics, it is a season of penance, reflection and fasting that prepares them for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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2015 years 10 months ago

So tell me, where is Scripture are we as Christians commanded to receive crosses of ash on our foreheads???

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s a religious CEREMONY.
Don’t confuse the two.
Does every Muslim make the pilgrimage? They try.
Does every person of the Jewish Faith make it to the Wailing wall?
Each religion has their unique quirks and Catholicism is no different. Ashes are nothing more than a visible sign of the faith. Catholics also get their throats “blessed” on the Feast of Saint Blaise. It is a ceremony of good health that Catholics and Anglicans share.
Unlike many in the Catholic faith I celebrate the differences and I am accepting of all people. I realize that my faith has shortcomings – as do many religions.
When you look past the differences you begin to realize that your particular religion is nothing more than the vehicle you use to interact with your God, and each of us does so in different ways.



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