Latest

28 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Burial slab of Jesus Christ uncovered for first time in five centuries

Scientists have uncovered the burial slab that the body of Jesus Christ was laid on. It is the first time in nearly 500 years the slab has been seen by anyone. …

Read more

24 Jul 2015 Articles Q&A Comments (1)

What is God like?

Every culture in the history of the world has had some concept of what God is like. Some have assumed that God is in control of the weather and have made images…

Read more

23 Mar 2016 Americas Europe Middle East News United Kingdom USA Vatican Comments (1)

Syrian Catholic Bishop accuses US Government of establishing the monstrous ISIS

Following the recent declaration of the Daesh (ISIS) acts as "Genocide against Christians" by the Secretary of State of USA, John Kerry, a Syrian Catholic Bisho…

Read more

18 Sep 2015 Articles No comments

A guide for Americans to ‘decoding’ Pope Francis

Pope Francis is very much a pastor, so when he speaks he typically uses homespun imagery that’s easy to grasp. It doesn’t require any special insight, for insta…

Read more

18 Jul 2015 Articles No comments

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary Feast Day: October 7th When the Holy League fleet of Christian allied forces (the Papacy, Spain, the Republic of Venice, Knights Hosp…

Read more

18 Jul 2015 Q&A No comments

Eucharist Miracles 4: Bolsena-Orvieto, Italy, blood started to seep from the consecrated Host and trickle over the priest's hands onto…

In 1263 a German priest, Peter of Prague, stopped at Bolsena while on a pilgrimage to Rome. He is described as being a pious priest, but one who found it diffic…

Read more

15 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (9)

Can an infant be baptized if the godparents haven’t been confirmed?

Full Question My daughter’s choice of godparents for her son are two people who were brought up Catholic, but who have not been confirmed. Can an infant be b…

Read more

10 Dec 2015 News Vatican No comments

The Holy Father Postpones his Pastoral visits to Italian Dioceses

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan announced in the December 10th press conference that Pope Francis have cancelled all his plan for a Pastoral visit to Italian Di…

Read more

20 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (1)

7 powerful morning prayers you need to get your day started with God

Rise and shine - the great morning awaits all of God's children. This may be a well-known fact ... not everyone is a morning person. Some people really strug…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

What is Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday. —The Wednesday after Quinquagesima Sunday, which is the first day of the Lenten fast. The name dies cinerum (day of ashes) which it bears in the Roman Missal is found in the earliest existing copies of the Gregorian Sacramentary and probably dates from at least the eighth century. On this day all the faithful according to ancient custom are exhorted to approach the altar before the beginning of Mass, and there the priest, dipping his thumb into ashes previously blessed, marks upon the forehead—or in the case of clerics upon the place of the tonsure—of each the sign of the cross, saying the words: “Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.” The ashes used in this ceremony are made by burning the remains of the palms blessed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. In the blessing of the ashes four prayers are used, all of them ancient, and the ashes are sprinkled with holy water and fumigated with incense. The celebrant himself, be he bishop or cardinal, receives, either standing or seated, the ashes from some other priest, usually the highest in dignity of those present. In earlier ages a penitential procession often followed the rite of the distribution of the ashes, but this is not now prescribed.

There can be no doubt that the custom of distributing the ashes to all the faithful arose from a devotional imitation of the practice observed in the case of public penitents. But this devotional usage, the reception of a sacramental which is full of the symbolism of penance (cf. the cor contritum quasi cans of the “Dies Inn”) is of earlier date than was formerly supposed. It is mentioned as of general observance for both clerics and faithful in the Synod of Beneventum, 1091 (Mansi, XX, 739), but nearly a hundred years earlier than this the Anglo-Saxon homilist Aelfric assumes that it applies to all classes of men. “We read”, he says, “in the books both in the Old Law and in the New that the men who repented of their sins bestrewed themselves with ashes and clothed their bodies with sackcloth. Now let us do this little at the beginning of our Lent that we strew ashes upon our heads to signify that we ought to repent of our sins during the Lenten fast.” And then he enforces this recommendation by the terrible example of a man who refused to go to church for the ashes on Ash Wednesday and who a few days after was accidentally killed in a boar hunt (Aelfric, “Lives of Saints”, ed. Skeat, I, 262-266). It is possible that the notion of penance which was suggested by the rite of Ash Wednesday was reinforced by the figurative exclusion from the sacred mysteries symbolized by the hanging of the Lenten veil before the sanctuary. But on this and the practice of beginning the fast on Ash Wednesday seeLent.

HERBERT THURSTON










wpsd_autopost:
1

3 comments

  1. Wanda Price Reply

    amen! I pray Lord you will bring back my daughter and her husband to the church and get her two youngest children baptized!

  2. Susan Salazar Reply

    Pray for my niece Loridel C. Sescon to surpass from the challenges of Mr. Joebert Luzon who s very cruel & violently abuse woman & creating fictionas just to cover his abusive act n the school of Mambugan Elem.

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories