History of Ash Wednesday: Where does the Ash come from?

Background of Ash Wednesday

This ceremony is derived from the custom of public penance in the early church. Initially, for converts wishing to be baptized into the church, they fasted for 40 hours before Easter, when many baptisms were performed. These 40 hours were to signify the equivalent number of days that Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting at the beginning of his public ministry in Israel.

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