Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is a six-week period of prayer, fasting, and charity leading up to Easter. For many Christians, it is one of the most important events that marks the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his time in the desert for 40 days. During Lent, some Christians attempt to abstain from meat on Fridays, and make a personal sacrifice for the next 40 days.
Benedictine will be celebrating Ash Wednesday on February 26th, 2020 by holding an ash service with a mass. There will be another mass held at St. Procopius abbey at 4:30. During this mass, students may receive ash to mark their repentance and renewal of their faith. On Ash Wednesday, those participating will fast by cutting their meals down from 3 regular sized to smaller meals that make up one regular sized meal. Students can donate the money from their uneaten meals by picking up Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls from the 4th floor of Kindlon.
A video shared by the Campus ministry explains the significance of Ash Wednesday in detail. This video, posted by Fr. Mike, explains Ash Wednesday in great detail while discussing the personal issues one may face with wearing ash on their forehead on this day. Click the link below to watch the video**!
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Note: The story was updated to correct errors.