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17036693_10210133822355057_1056430999_oThis Wednesday marks the first day of March and the first day of Lent. Since Lent represents the time that Jesus spent wandering in the wilderness, it’s an understandably solemn time. While worshippers are encouraged to reflect upon their commitment to their faith and the community throughout the season, Ash Wednesday services place a special emphasis on mortality and sinfulness. That’s where the actual ashes come in.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Usually, the minister recite these words while administering the ashes. Depending on the Mass, ministers will either sprinkle ashes over worshippers’ heads or use a blend of ash and holy water to rub the sign of the cross into their foreheads.

The ashes themselves come from the palm leaves that were blessed during Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) of the previous year.

Tradition holds that Christians wear ashes on the first day of Lent in order to mourn and acknowledge the suffering that Jesus endured. As a gesture, it represents a willingness to repent for your sins and purify your soul in preparation for his resurrection.

Worshippers may wash off their ashes right after services or leave them on for the rest of the day. Traditionally, it’s frowned upon to go out in public with your ashes on display, but nowadays it’s pretty common to do so.

Have a blessed Ash Wednesday everyone !

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I’m 6 ! It’s my (another) Birthday !

Dear God,

Thank You for waking me up early today so that I could spend more time with You!

It’s been 6 years after you wake me up for my second life! (That was February 19, 2011. . . I’m a Survivor 🙂 ) And Thank You God for my second life.

Thank You for all the graces and blessings, for good health, protection, contentment, wisdom and joy.

Thank You for all the times to rest and rejuvenate

Thank You for teaching me that You are good in all circumstances, both the good times and sad times.

Thank You for holding my son MJ in heaven. Pain is still here in my heart.

Thank You for lifting me up when I am down.

Thank You for teaching me to always trust in you.

Thank You for giving me and all the times I get to spend with my family, relatives and friends.

Thank You for the people you have placed in my life.

Thank You for the joy you bring into my life through my family, relatives and friends.

Thank You for teaching me to be flexible.

Thank You for the clearing of my uneasy emotions.

Thank You for sustaining me at all times, even when I am unaware.

Thank You for giving me motivation.

Thank You for loving me unconditionally.

Thank You for giving me a passion for posting online to be with all ! 🙂

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