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Today is Ash Wednesday

The name “Ash Wednesday” comes from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of believers in the shape of a cross. The ashes are typically made by burning the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and the act of receiving them is a sign of repentance and a reminder of human mortality.
Ash Wednesday is a holy day of obligation that marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of fasting, reflection, and penance that precedes Easter.

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