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Ash Wednesday ritual at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 6, 2019. P Photo/Jim Mone)

4 things to know about Ash Wednesday

The day that begins the Lenten season is called Ash Wednesday. Here's why it holds deep religious significance for Christians.
Worshipers pray during an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, on March 6, 2019. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Why do Christians wear ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Churches started to use ashes early as the ninth century as a symbol of repentance. In 1091, Pope Urban II ritualized their use to mark the beginning of Lent. Today, churches provide 'ashes to go.'

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