Ash Wednesday


: the first day of Lent

Examples of Ash Wednesday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other examples include Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 In the early days of Lent – the time period of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter – meat was given up, as well as dairy products. USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024 Easter FAQs:When is Easter 2024, Ash Wednesday, and answers to other questions about the Lenten season Benny’s Cafe Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All dine-in dinners include soup or salad, a glass of wine or beer, and an ice cream dessert. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2024 When do Christians fast? Christians are obligated to fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, as well as fast from meat on Fridays during Lent, according to Catholic Online. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Mar. 2024 Francis, 86, could be heard coughing repeatedly during Ash Wednesday services earlier this month. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 28 Feb. 2024 The church held a rosary at the end of its Ash Wednesday services to honor Madison, Melia and Lisa Lopez-Galvan, their mother’s cousin and a member of the church who died in the shooting. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 In Rome, Christian leaders incorporated the tradition as a way to prelude Lent, when people would often fast between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the 40-day season is centered around prayer, fasting, almsgiving and reconciliation, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Holy Thursday. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Ash Wednesday was in the 13th century

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Ash Wednesday

: the first day of Lent

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