What is Lent and why is it called Ash Wednesday?!
Lent is the 40 days before Easter (+ 6 Sundays that don't count, but we'll talk about that later.) It is the time we use to help us get ready for Easter.
Oh kind of like Advent helps us get ready for Christmas!
That's right Tallulah. Many Catholics go to Mass on Ash Wednesday. During the Mass the priest will draw a cross, using ashes, on everyone's forehead. Often the ashes come from burning the previous year's palms.
Why ashes? That sounds pretty dirty.
The ashes are a way to remind us that we are not God, that someday we will die (but hopefully not for a long time.) It is a sign of humility.
(youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn_5c-EYGZ4)
Don't forget to go to Mass! Woof!
Cloë and Tallulah