Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.
Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Here are the Ash Wednesday services for Newport, RI.
St. Mary’s at 7:30AM Jesus Savior 8:00AM St. Joseph’s at 8:00AM St. Joseph’s at 9:00AM Salve Regina Chapel at 12:15PM St. Augustin’s at 5:00PM Jesus Savior at 5:00PM