Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent in the Christian faith


Lent is the Christian observance of the church year from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday. It ends on Thursday during the annual observance of Holy Week, the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.


As a form of penitence many of the faithful commit to fasting or to giving up certain types of luxury during Lent .

This article from The Upper Room explains fasting

and why it’s called Ash Wednesday

seek ye first the kingdom of God


“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying,

“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.” 

Daniel 9:3-5, ESV 

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publisher