Why does my boss have a smudged cross on his forehead today?

Ash Wednesday is not a day of obligation for Catholics and is largely ignored by most Evangelicals and Pentecostals. So, why does it endure?


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events (such as the birth of Christ or the presentation of Jesus in the Temple), particular people (such as Jesus’ earthly father, St. Joseph), or important theological concepts (such as the Kingship of Christ),” explains Akin. “Ash Wednesday does not commemorate any event. Nothing special happened forty days before the crucifixion although Ash Wednesday is a day of penance.”

6That smudged cross (US. Navy Photo/Wikimedia)

And that smudged cross on your boss’s forehead? “Many Christians choose to leave the ashes on their forehead for the remainder of the day, not to be showy and boastful,” explains Bucher. “Rather, they do it as a witness that all people are sinners in need of repentance and that through Jesus, all sins are forgiven.”

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