Ash Wednesday, halting self-in

Ash Wednesday, halting self-indulgent Christians across the globe

Ash Wednesday has officially kicked off the Lent period

Ash Wednesday, halting self-in

Ash Wednesday, which is also known as the day of the Ashes, marks the first day of the period of Lent.

Lent 2019 will last an entire 46 days leading up to Easter Sunday.

Lent is a period where Christians, in particular, Anglicans; Catholics and Protestants, practice self – restraint; fasting; prayer; repentance and self – control, in order to enhance their spirituality. This 40-day interval represents the period in which Jesus Christ went through and had to overcome temptation in the wilderness.

Those who practice Ash Wednesday

Christians practice lent by choosing a specific self-indulgent that they will let go of, for this period.

While Lent is a period of self – restraint, the indulgence of the Easter holidays is certainly something to look forward to.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Every year Christians receive a cross made with palm trees from the church.

On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday members of the church return their crosses to the church, where it is burnt and turned into Ash. On the following Sunday, the members receive a new cross.

While the decision to take up lent is personal there are countless communal services within congregations accross South Africa on Ash Wednesday.

Important dates to look forward to during and around Lent include:

  • Palm Sunday, which is on 14 April 2019 and celebrates Jesus Christ entering into Jerusalem.       
  • Holy Week, which commences from 14 April all the way to 20 April 2019 and is the week that leads to Easter Sunday.
  • Maundy Thursday, which is on 18 April 2018 and recalls the Last Supper with the Twelve Apostles.           
  • Good Friday, which is on 19 April 2019 and recalls the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His death.
  • Easter Sunday, which is on 21 April 2019 and Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

While Lent is not specifically recognised in the Bible, it does promote the type of life the Bible encourages for all Christian denominations and its members. This has made Lent a period that has broken the borders of what is and should be practised by specific Christian secs.

Lent practisers are encouraged to follow the pattern of fasting, prayer and repentance beyond that of the of Ash Wednesday and the Lent period.