Ash Wednesday Service

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A few weeks ago was Ash Wednesday. This year Ash Wednesday was on Wednesday, March 1st. Ash Wednesday is a service where people go to church to have their local priest bless them and make the sign of the cross on their forehead with ashes. While giving out ashes the priest would say “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” At St. Philip, the whole school had a mass together where the students and faculty received ashes on their foreheads from Fr. Joe and teachers such as Mrs. Bello and Mr. Weyermuller. Many know Ash Wednesday as the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Church, when Jesus was stranded in the desert with no food or drinks for 40 straight days. While in the season of Lent people give something up, try to do something nice or simply just fast. This is not required however and individuals do not have to give up anything, they can simply strive to be better, pray and donate things such as time and money. Many people find fasting hard especially younger children so there are many different things individuals can do for Lent!

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