As today marks the day when Anglican, Catholic Churches celebrate ash Wednesday. Some churches like Pentecostal believe that this should not be celebrated.
The purpose of the writeup is to explain why Anglican, Methodists and Catholic Churches celebrate Ash Wednesday across the world.
This writeup is meant to educate, entertain you and not to discriminate churches who do not celebrate Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting that is being celebrated in Anglican and Catholic churches.
It is mostly celebrated in Anglican church to mark the beginning of lent.
WHAT IS LENT
Lent is simply period of time when fasting and prayer is observed by all Anglicans worldwide. It is usually done before Easter period.
Generally, the fasting and prayer which lasts up to 40 days but ash Wednesday is done about 46 days to Easter celebration.
In the book of Holy Bible, Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and Moses also did. that means that Anglican church fasts for 40 days but some churches differ.
Some other churches fast for the first 7 days of every year, some fast the last 7 days of every year, yet others fix their fast within the year. Islam fast 30 days to their sallah.
Thus, the subject of fasting is not a new thing; neither did it originate from the Anglican Church. The lenting period occurs at a calculated time. As earlier stated, ash Wednesday occurs 46 days to Easter.
The Anglican church do not fast on Sundays and as such, this lenting period lasts for 7 week (46 days) minus 6 Sundays in which no fasting is done. It is expected that every Anglican join in this yearly and spiritual exercise.
Do you know that there are two important key reasons why churches still celebrate Ash Wednesday?
The first reason why we still celebrate Ash Wednesday is that it is a sign of real repentance, sober reflection and sorrow.
Dating back to the Old Testament, we see that ash was used severally on different occasions to mourn or bewail issues like; pronounced judgement, sorrow of heart, remorse and repentance.
Perhaps, the following scripture references would throw more light. Job.42v6, Esther.4v1-3, 2Samuel.13v19, Jeremiah.6v26.25v34, Daniel.9v3. Jonah.3v6, Matthew.11v21, Luke.10v13.
These few verses show us that ashes are been used basically as a sign of repentance and Jesus confirmed it validity as we see in Matthew and Luke. For this reason, the lenting period starts with the Ash Wednesday to show that the season is a season of sober reflection.
It is a season of genuine repentance which ushers us to fast and pray, calling on the Lord Most High with a pure heart and a holy hand.
The second reason why Ash Wednesday is celebrated in the Anglican Communion is to remind us who we are. No matter the extent of our greatness and achievement, it’s sad news to know that we are just ash and dust.
This is why in a typical Anglican burial scenario, you will see or hear the following lines, “earth to earth, dust to dust, ash to ash”.
With these statements, the grave of the dead person is covered. Therefore, we must constantly remind ourselves who we are and not go about thinking that we are what we are not.
With this in mind, it will help every Christian worldwide to understand the more that we are all ash and one day we will return back to ash while the soul returns to God.
Let’s get this fact well, Ash Wednesday is not something is just done anytime or anyhow.
The doctrine of performing Ask Wednesday is;
We get a palm frond, burn it and use that ash for the celebration. The palm frond is selected because when Jesus went triumphantly into Jerusalem, the people got palm frond and st it om the ground for His ass to walk on it. For this reason, the Anglican church use the ash gotten from palm frond.
May God help us so that this celebration will not just be to fulfil all righteousness.
One of the major reason why it seems as if Christianity is losing its value day by day is that some of those things which were instituted our Christian fathers are now been abused and carried out just to fulfil all righteousness.I believe you can know understand why Ash Wednesday is celebrated every year.
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