Knowledge You Need for Lent

Lent begins on Wednesday.  The first day of Lent is called, Ash
Wednesday.  It is on this day that you will receive the gift of ashes on
your forehead in the shape of a cross.  Ash Wednesday is not a holy day
of obligation, but it is day on which we are encouraged to attend Mass
in order to receive the blessing of ashes.  
Lent is time of mortification through which we can grow closer to God
and prepare for the celebration of the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday. 
Fasting, abstinence, and  turning away from sin are parts of our
spiritual journey in the season of Lent. 
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