Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is celebrated by Christians across the world. It is the reminder of the 40 day period of purification and renewal that comes before Easter. In the Catholic religion, for example, the priest dips his thumb into previously blessed ashes then uses them to mark the forehead in the shape of a cross. "Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return." This is followed by quiet reflection on your personal relationship with God. Catholics receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Some other religions simply contemplate the meaning of Ash Wednesday as the beginning of a time of repentance, reflection and prayer. Some people fast for the day or a meal. Christians are sure to obtain Lenten Regulations, to follow, from their sanctuary.
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