Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us.
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. https://www.catholic.org/lent/ashwed.php
Ash Wednesday Services
Mass & Ashes:
6:20 am, 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 7:00 pm
Ashes & Prayer Service:
12:00 pm Noon, 6:00 pm