Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lenten fast, on which many Christians receive a mark of ashes on the forehead as a token of repentance and mortality. As a mark of spiritual discipline, most of the Christians observe fast between Ash Wednesday and Easter. This category is all about the history and significance of Ash Wednesday and its customs.

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What month is Ash Wednesday?

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Ash Wednesday is sometimes in February and sometimes in March. It is not on a specific date.
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Who celebrates Ash Wednesday and Lent?

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Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Anglicans.
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What is the meaning of the ashes on Ash Wednesday?

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The ashes are burnt from the palms of the past year's Palm Sunday and they represent the sin that we have and the death that we will face (as in "for dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return" Genesis 3:19). That sounds really morbid, but it's a way to begin and prepare yourself for the season of Lent, remembering sins and the redemption that has been given to us all.
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What is Ash Wednesday?

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The seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lent, on which many Christians receive a cross from ashes on the forehead as a token of penitence and mortality. It is the beginning of lent. Ashes from blessed palms are mixed with Holy water and a cross is marked on the persons forehead. "Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust" this is where the body came from and this is where it will return. The Soul (essence of a person) leaves the body and becomes united with God through our death to this world.
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What do you call the Sunday after Ash Wednesday?

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The Sunday after Ash Wednesday is the First Sunday of Lent.
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Can you eat crab on Ash Wednesday?

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Yes, but if you are giving up crab for Lent, no.
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What years are Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday on the same day?

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1652, 1657, 1714, 1720, 1725, 1866, 1872, 1877, 1923, 1934, 1945, 2018, 2024, 2029, 2170, 2181, 2238, 2244, 2312, 2396
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On Ash Wednesday what does the priest say when he puts ashes on your head?

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It can be any of these three that the priest will say: Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. - Genesis 3:19 Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. -Mark 1:15 Repent, and hear the good news. Then the lay people reply with an AMEN! after he says either of those.
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How do you calculate the date for Ash Wednesday?

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Ash Wednesday is always 47 calendar days before Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox (March 21). Lets use 2011 as an example. The first full moon after the vernal equinox is Monday April 18th. Easter Sunday is the next Sunday after that (Sunday, April 24th). Now, subtract 47 days: March 9th is Ash Wednesday.
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What does ashes to ashes mean?

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Probably has to do with getting cremated after you die. Ha, ha, ha! No it is part of the Anglican (Church of England, Episcopalian) burial service: "ashes to ashes, dust to dust". Ashes and dust are synonymous terms which mean "dirt". (This is why "ashcan" means the same as "dustbin") The sense is that we start out as dirt (see the book of Genesis for the story of Adam being created from dirt) and we end up as dirt. Our physical existance is just a passing phase, so we should not grieve overmuch over the death of loved ones.
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What countries celebrate ash Wednesday?

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Every country if they allow it and also if there are Catholics in the country.
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Can you cosume alcohol on Ash Wednesday?

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you should not consume it as , you are suposed to be fasting.
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When does Lent start in 2012?

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Ash Wednesday, which is February 22, 2012.
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What are some good April Fool's day pranks?

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April Fool's Day Pranks: For the computer geek: Install a script that automatically activates on 4/1 that turns the monitor display upside down. Either put tape over a sink sprayer or fold blankets so family member gets stuck in bed pocket. First you fold the back of the sheet up, then the other like you usually would. Then when you get in, your stuck in a pocket. Pretend you broke your arm and put a cast on it. Then if you are in school let your friends sign it in your class. everyone will feel sorry for you . The next day wear a jacket with your fake broken arm in the sleeve. Swing it really hard then people will start asking you " Isn't that your broken arm" or something else. Give out the big surprise " APRIL FOOLS!" Well today, I faked a letter to my sister, and it said that she won a car, and as many free driving lessons as she wants (shes 18 in November), it was funny! You could use a prank phone call, where you listen to the call, although it costs, I used it once, it was good, and so worth it Tape a penny to the hole in the bathroom faucet, stand back and watch the family go swimming in the sink! 1. Saying that the teacher is absent and then say: Haha Aprils Fool. 2. Even better one you can get fake flies and maybe have salad that night. Here is a phone prank I invented: (Since most phones have caller ID) call a number you KNOW does NOT accept anonymous calls, BUT DIAL STAR 67 ANYWAY (which makes you a anonymous caller) TO COMPLETE THE PRANK. When you do this, you will be given two options: 1 option is too continue the call but your number will show your number. DO NOT PRESS 1! The other option is if you press 2, then enter the number you want to show up on the persons caller ID, then press pound: example: 800 967 5569 #. TYPE IN A 800 NUMBER AND PRETEND YOUR A CREDITOR SO THEY THINK YOU ARE. Tell them that they have an overdue bill for however much money. For example, if they are a member of Costco, pretend your the Head of Billing at the Costco Financial Department. Don't forget to disguise your voice. AND REMEMBER TO TELL THEM IT WAS YOU LATER When your mom packs your sister a water bottle for school, replace it with vinegar. Ok on the breaking your arm one up top fall on it at recess and lay on the ground like you hurt it again and when a teacher runs over to you pop up quick and say it feels better and you are going to walk it of. Then you run around and throw footballs to make her confused. P.S. if someone has a broken arm do not do it! Fold a ketchup packet in half and put it under the toilet seat that way when someone sits on the toilet they will get a splat COMPUTERS (biblography: aprilfoolzone.com it is hilarious) • If the victim uses Microsoft Word, go into the victim's computer and change the auto-correct feature so it misspells common words. Just open Word, choose "AutoCorrect Options" from the Tools menu, and have it replace common words like "the" and "and" with wacky words like "eggplant" or "Uranus." Be creative. • Sneak onto your victim's computer and change their default font color to white. This will cause momentary confusion as their writing will suddenly be invisible. • First, take a screen shot of the victim's desktop (press the "Print Screen" button). Then open up a Paint program and press "Paste." Save the image in bitmap format and quit Paint. Set this image to be the Desktop background image (right-click on the desktop, choose Properties, click the "Display" tab, press the "Browse" button, find your image, hit "Open," then "OK"). Finally, hide all the desktop icons (right-click on the desktop, choose "Arrange Icons By," then unclick "Show Desktop Items." Now their desktop will look normal, but when they try to click on the icons nothing will happen! and this is not a computer •short-sheet the bed. One of the Pranks I did today was put 3 drops of green food coloring in my sisters cup of milk. I yelled April Fools! and she look at the milk and started laughing/crying. I was at 6 making these jokes happen. I did one on my mom when she came down she's all "I'm off limits" We hung a snake (toy) by ribbon in my fridge and put a bunch Lego guys and bugs too. My brother and I ran out to the trampoline as fast as we could. We bounced until we heard her scream. WE ran in laughing and she was too. Just not hysterically, we have a APRIL FOOLS sign in there she crumbled up and threw away. put your siblings toothbrush in salt, and get it wet so that it disolves. when the salt mixes with the toothpaste it will taste gross This is the ultimate, most awesome, hilarious, best joke to do on ANYONE!!! It will work better if your victim is really buff and strong and acts like he is so awesome. Like a marine or army or navy guy. Step One: When they are asleep, grab a video recorder (optional, but you would want to see this over and over again!), shaving cream, a feather or something thin and ticklish, decorative supplies, and that's all! Step Two: Rub the shaving cream near the victim's *nose, and face. Next decorate his face! Put red powder for blush, draw something into the cream, BE CREATIVE! Careful not to laugh or this joke is off! Step Three: It's the funniest step! Scream, "There are slugs all over your face!" while tickling the feather at the nose! You can yell anything else that is slimy like worms, saliva, anything! It will startle the victim and he will smack his face! This will get shaving cream all over him! He will be so confused! HAVE FUN!!!
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Where do ashes come from on ash Wednesday?

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The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are from palm trees. If possible, they are from the palms used the previous year on the Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday).
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What is the origin of Ash Wednesday?

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Ashes are black and catholic people lke the colour black This is obviously a very young responder. The exact date of origin of Ash Wednesday is not known. There is documentation of the celebration dating to the 8th century, but there is also some information which suggests the custom dates back to even earlier than that. It was not observed as "Ash Wednesday" until sometime in the 11th century. The modern interpretation of the ashes is to remind us of our mortality and that as we were formed from dust, so to dust we will return. They also remind us to be repentant of our sins. Check out this web site: americancatholic.org
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Is Eucalypt Ash more fertile than Wattle Ash and why?

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Is Eucalypt Ash more fertile than Wattle yes because wattle ash has all electric Pokemon and eucalypt ash has water all Pokemon
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How did Judeo-Christian heritage contribute to the Founders' understanding of human rights?

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Hugely interesting question and requires a book or two to answer fully. First, however, I'd like to correct you on the use of the term human rights-- if you mean the Founders' of the US, then they were more interested in civil rights and freedoms. The term "human rights" only came after WWII (1945 San Francisco). Several basic understandings are shared between Judeo-Christian tradition and rights-thinking. These include: 1) All humans have inherent human worth. 2) Individuals are responsible for their own actions, and are not in any way predetermined on a course of action or a place in society. 3) There is a right and a wrong (dualistic morality). 4) There are universal values and there is at least an underlying universal morality (as opposed to culturally-bound morality or individual morality). 5) The individual, rather than the community, the family, the tribe, is the main referent (basically individualistic way of thinking). classical republican ideas & natural rights philosophicaly influenced the political ideas of the founders.........found in wtp work book for south high
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What is the day before Ash Wednesday?

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Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras. Actually, the day before Ash Wednesday is more properly known as "Shrove Tuesday".
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What age do you have to be to not eat meat during Lent on Ash Wednesday?

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Catholics age 14 and up must refrain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent.