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Ash Wednesday Meaning, Fasting, Prayer for Ash Wednesday 2017

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent also known as "Day of Ashes" and it comes 46 days prior to the Easter. The Ash wednesday is moveable fast because it is dependent and the date of easter each year Every year it comes on a diffrent date. It generally comes between February 4 and March 10. Ash Wednesday is the next day belongs to Shrove Tuesday. This year Shrove Tuesday 2017 is on February 28, 2017 and Ash Wednesday 2017 is on March 1, 2017.

Ash Wednesday Meaning, Significance and Facts


The lent's first day is ash wednesday. On this day ashes are rubbed on each others forehead in the shape & sign of cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (not counting Sundays) before the Easter's Sunday, it always falls on a Wednesday , It is not possible to have "Ash thursday" or "Ash tuesday".
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Ash Wednesday Fasting rules

The lent is the time of fasting, to do sinful things, spirtual things and to do moderation. The ash wednesday starts the time of sprituality. The Ash wednesday is accepted by most of catholics in this world but some of eastern people doesnt do that instead of this they belive in clean monday.
Lent is intended to be a time of self-denial, moderation, fasting, and the forsaking of sinful activities and habits. Ash Wednesday commences this period of spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday and Lent are observed by most Catholics and some Protestant denominations. The Eastern Orthodox Church does not observe Ash Wednesday; instead, they start Lent on “Clean Monday.”

Ash Wednesday Prayer, Mass times, Schedule

While the Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday, it does record accounts of people in the Old Testament using dust and ashes as symbols of repentance and/or mourning (2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3). The modern tradition of rubbing a cross on a person’s forehead supposedly identifies that person with Jesus Christ.

Observation of Ash Wednesday with Prayer according to Bible Verses, Study and acknowledgement


Should a Christian observe Ash Wednesday? Since the Bible nowhere explicitly commands or condemns such a practice, Christians are at liberty to prayerfully decide whether or not to observe Ash Wednesday.
If a Christian decides to observe Ash Wednesday and/or Lent, it is important to have a biblical perspective. Jesus warned us against making a show of our fasting: 
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen” (Matthew 6:16-18).

We must not allow spiritual discipline to become spiritual pride.
It is a good thing to repent of sinful activities, but that’s something Christians should do every day, not just during Lent. It’s a good thing to clearly identify oneself as a Christian, but, again, this should be an everyday identification. And it is good to remember that no ritual can make one’s heart right with God.

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