Feb 17, 2015 5:29 PM GMT
To those of you who are religious or spiritual, do any of you receive ashes on your foreheads on Ash Wednesday? And if you do, why do you do this? Many see this as a Catholic custom, but it has become quite common in a lot of other churches as well. I'm not Catholic, but I have gone to a church in the past on Ash Wednesday where they smear ashes on your forehead in the form of a cross. I've never really liked this practice because I grew up as seeing this only as a Catholic custom. But I've noticed that many churches that are not Catholic do this on Ash Wednesday, too. It's a reminder that because we are sinful, we are going to die and return to dust. But because of Jesus' death and his bodily resurrection our bodies will not stay dust, but will be resurrected on the last day.