Ash Wednesday Quotes

Ash Wednesday Quotes…
Ash Wednesday (also called Day of Ashes) marks the beginning of Lent – a challenging but equally inspirational period.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It is 46 days before Easter

Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, 

Christians across the globe celebrate the advent of Lent with events and dust and ashes on the forehead and brow. It is a reflection or a reminder of the opportunity of repentance of sin. Ash Wednesday preaches to be kind to each other.

 The celebration of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14.2024

Short Ash Wednesday Quotes

  “We are certainly dust – but we are valuable dust.” – Aundi Kolber

“Today is Ash Wednesday, a day when we contemplate our mortality.”

  “The ashes mean I’m a sinner. The cross means I have a Savior.” – Fr. Mike Schmitz

“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” – Pope Francis

  “Lent – remembering to live life graciously, that is, with grace.” – Sr. Marcelline Koch

“Lenten fasts make me feel better, stronger, and more active than ever.” – Catherine of Genoa

  “Ash Wednesday is a time to reflect and share our thanks, for this is the time that we remember the greatest sacrifice.”

“In this brief transit where the dreams cross the dream–crossed twilight between birth and dying, Ash Wednesday.” – T.S. Eliot

  “I leave marveling at how simple and sublime is this envelope of the soul, which one day returns to dust, dust, only dust.” – Joyce Rupp

“Ash Wednesday is full of joy… The source of all sorrow is the illusion that of ourselves we are anything but dust.” – Thomas Merton

Quotes About Ash Wednesday

  “Even the darkest moments of the liturgy are filled with joy, and, the beginning of the Lenten fast, is a day of happiness, a Christian feast.” – Thomas Merton

“As you mourn your sins and weaknesses this Ash Wednesday through fasting, mourning, and weeping, may you be truly transformed from your heart.” – John Tribes

  “Remember that Lent and Ash Wednesday are not just about putting away the bad things. It is more about creating good things and helping the poor and the needy, being kind to people, and much more.” – Jacob Winters

“Wear your ashes as a proud witness to your belief in Christ, answer any questions that come, and you just might inspire someone else to start his or her own faith journey.” – J. Beckmann

  “Some people think that having ash on your forehead is ridiculous. But I am neither ashamed or afraid because the ashes remind me that I have to someday pass away and reunite with my creator.” – Walter Burns

Ash Wednesday Quotes
Ash Wednesday Quotes

Inspirational Quotes For Ash Wednesday

“To repent means to “turn around.” Good Ash Wednesday advice. Turn around from our illusion of self–sufficiency and face God, which means facing the truth of who we are. This is a day to turn around and confess that we get it: one day we will once again be ashes.” – Paul E. Hoffman

  “We can feel a little funny with ashes on our foreheads, but that’s how we mark the start of Lent. Ashes don’t say we’re holy. They say we’re sinners. They don’t say we’re perfect, only that we’re willing to try. They don’t say we’re models of religiosity, but they do say we belong. In today’s world, that says a lot.” – Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM

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“This Lent is the perfect time to be a living witness to the gospel, but that witness should continue even after Easter. That does not mean that you should give up coffee for the rest of your life or that you should never spend another Saturday morning watching television, but it does mean that our desire to make sacrifices out of love for Jesus shouldn’t end just because Lent does.” – J. Beckmann

  “Why does the Church place ashes on our foreheads today? Why does she remind us of death? Death which is the effect of sin! Why?…To prepare us for Christ’s Passover. For the paschal mystery of the Redeemer of the world. Paschal mystery means what we profess in the Creed: “On the third day he rose again”!…Yes. Today we need to hear the “you are dust and to dust you will return” of Ash Wednesday, so that the definitive truth of the Gospel, the truth about the Resurrection, will unfold before us: believe in the Gospel.” – Pope Saint John Paul II

“Receive this cross of ash upon your brow brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross; the forests of the world are burning now, and you make late repentance for the loss. But all the trees of God would clap their hands, the very stones themselves would shout and sing, if you could covenant to love these lands and recognize in Christ their lord and king. He sees the slow destruction of those trees. He weeps to see the ancient places burn, and still you make what purchases you please, and still to dust and ashes you return. But Hope could rise from ashes even now, beginning with this sign upon your brow.” ― Malcolm Guite

Ash Wednesday Quotes

Ash Wednesday Quotes Bible

  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 4:17

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:19

  “All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.” – Ecclesiastes, 3:20

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” – 1 John, 2:2

  “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” – Job 42:5–6

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” – Genesis, 2:7

  “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter, 3:9

“By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:9

  “Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self–control.” – 1 Corinthians, 7:5

“And the Lord said to him, ‘Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.’” – Ezekiel, 9:4

  “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” – Matthew, 6:1–18

Ash Wednesday Prayers

  “O lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.” – Henri Nouwen

“Heavenly Father, Blessed One, have mercy on us. Lord, as we repent our sins to You. We have been deficient in Your glory and without your mercy and grace, we would be non–existent. Father, we repent now. Lord, as we embark on this Lenten season, be close to us. Help us Lord, through Your Holy Spirit, to believe in what is right and in repentance for our sin.”

Ash Wednesday Quotes

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