Ash Wednesday was celebrated by Father George Harrison and joined by Father Paul from Myanmar on March 5.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.

It is a time of penance, reflection, and fasting in preparation for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

The Ashes
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year.

The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.

His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance. - CO