Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday. So-called because of the practice of marking with ash the foreheads of clergy and people at the beginning of Lent.

Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Church, marked by services of penitence, and so named from the custom of marking the foreheads of penitents with ashes on that day.

Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday First day of Lent