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Ashes on Ash Wednensday
Question from Leonor on 1/28/2013:

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday? Is it an obligation to receive ashes?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 1/30/2013:

Leonor--

We receive blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday as a sign of penance. No, it is not an obligation to receive blessed ashes; it is a privilege.

Michelle Arnold
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