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Helena Diocese explains meaning of Ash Wednesday

Posted at 2:23 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 16:24:13-05

HELENA — On Wednesday, Helena Catholics were seen wearing ashes on their foreheads, for Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of Lent.

The day also represents a holy day of prayer and fasting.

The day derives its name from the pacing of repentance ashes shows the words, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” and also a meaning of “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Another practice is that people are to abstain from eating meat especially on Fridays, during the 40-day period of Lent.