According to gospel tradition, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry. It was during this time he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting in preparation for the celebration of Easter.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on ones' forehead as a sign of repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned. This practice is common among many Christians, being celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and some Baptist denominations.
Here at Mercy College, Campus Ministry will offer three Ash Wednesday services on February 13, 2013 in the Brennan Chapel.