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Before the Ash Wednesday Mass begins, the priest marks on the forehead of each of the faithful the Sign of the Cross with the words "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return"
Taken: Feb 24, 2009
Ash Wednesday in the Roman Catholic Church is observed by a penance of fasting, obstaining from meat, and the contemplation and expression of sorrow for sins and faults
Ash Wednesday is the 7th Wednesday before Easter, the 1st day of Lent, and the day following Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter Sunday and marks the beginning of the Season of Lent
Taken: Feb 22, 2009
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