(Binghamton, NY) Seton Catholic Central students will mark the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday with Mass at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
Ashes will be distributed during Mass.
Receiving ashes on the first day of Lent is a practice that dates back to the fifth century and by the 11th century was a universal Christian practice.
Pope Urban II (1035-1099) is credited with recommending that Catholics receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.
The ashes are made by burning the palms that were distributed last year on Palm Sunday.
After the priest blesses the ashes and sprinkles them with holy water, the participants will come forward to receive them.
The priest dips his right thumb in the ashes and, making the Sign of the Cross on each person's forehead, says, "Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shall return."
Parents and community members are welcome to attend Mass.