Dust in the wind (2)…

It’s Ash Wednesday today – the first day of Lent and it’s a day of fasting and abstinence.

Ash Wednesday

On this day, ashes are blessed, mixed with either holy oil or water and imposed on the head with the sign of the cross. The ashes are made from burning palm branches blessed the previous year on Palm Sunday. The priest will say, “Remember, from dust thou art made and unto dust thou shalt return.” (Genesis 3:19)

The ashes serve to remind us of our mortality and humanity and are at the same time, the biblical symbol of repentance, sorrow and humility.

Blessed palms

With all due respect for this solemn and significant day in the Christian calendar, therefore, there will not be any of the usual posts you can get to read in the blog today.

God bless, one and all…