Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of Lent – a period of forty days of spiritual cleansing and fasting leading to Easter. Sundays are not considered part of Lent. On this day, the priest marks the forehead of the faithful with the sign of the cross with ashes acquired from the burning of palm fronds used in previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration. I did not attend the Mass for the blessing and imposition of ashes because I could not get transport to church this evening.

Read more about Ash Wednesday here, here and here.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

14 thoughts on “Ash Wednesday”

  1. Charlyn,
    The Chinese New Year is the celebration of a new spring, hence the greeting. Xin chun kuai le.

  2. I definitely have an added ‘incentive’ to fast the requisite days this year.

    Having over-indulged the past half year and now sporting awful bulges and puffs, I desparately need to shed several kilos. What better time than Lent to get back to top anatomical nick?

  3. Hi Peter
    this is off topic,,, but beware of emails from this addy

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    seems that person likes to send virus attachments.
    I don’t know who that email belongs to .

  4. Sweetspirit,
    May the Season of Lent bring you a renewal in spirt and health. Peace be with you. Thanks for the warning.

    The Lenten Season is not only for you to get in shape physically but spiritually as well. May He always look favourably upon you and your family.

    Learning is a life-long process. 🙂

  5. Yes, thanks peter, I am aware. I was speaking on a lighter note – “added incentive” – emphasis on ‘added’

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