Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday - Miércoles de ceniza

Ash Wednesday 
It is an old tradition from the eighth century in which the Catholics around the world receive blessed ashes made from the palms of last year’s Palm Sunday. The ashes represents: 

    1.    Our mortality
    2.    Call us to repentance
    3.    Beginning of Lent
    4.    Fast and abstain from meat 

"You are dust and to dust you shall return." ~Genesis 3.19~

Since Lent always starts on a Wednesday, the day before is always called Mardi Gras. It means "Fat Tuesday" because it is associated with great food and parties.
What is Lent? Lent is a season of the Christian Calendar for preparation to Easter.
When is Lent? It is the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. 
Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. 
How to celebrate lent? This year it's from February 10 (Ash Wednesday) to March 27 (Easter), 2016. Join in a forty days of fasting, praying and Alms giving.
Miércoles de ceniza

Miércoles de ceniza es una tradición desde el siglo VIII en que los católicos de todo el mundo reciben las cenizas benditas hechas de las palmas del domingo de Ramos del año pasado. Las cenizas representan:
1, Nuestra mortalidad
2. Llamado al arrepentimiento
3. Inicio de la Cuaresma
4. Tiempo de ayuno y abstinencia de carne.
"Polvo eres, y al polvo volverás" ~Genesis 3.19~
La Cuaresma: 

Son Cuarenta días antes de la Pascua. Es tiempo de preparación espiritual. Epoca de aumentar: La oración, La caridad, El ayuno.

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
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