Ash Wednesday


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Ash Wednesday the 7th Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent; the day following Mardi Gras (`Fat Tuesday'); a day of fasting and repentance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ash Wednesday See in the Vocabulary.
    • Ash Wednesday The first day of Lent; -- so called from a custom in the Roman Catholic church of putting ashes, on that day, upon the foreheads of penitents.
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In literature:

The French market was as pretty and bright as usual, though it was the dull Ash Wednesday morning.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
Ash-Wednesday fell on the 6th of February, and in Lent she might not marry.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
The first meeting of the "Little Academy" was on Ash Wednesday, 1630, when the subject was "The Folly of Delaying Repentance.
"Little Gidding and its inmates in the Time of King Charles I. with an account of the Harmonies" by J. E. Acland
By next Ash Wednesday, I will have learned how to fast without getting sick!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
We had not intended to go back there, but have arranged to do so on the day after Ash Wednesday.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Throughout Lent is used, in like manner, the COLLECT FOR ASH-WEDNESDAY (page 86).
"The Worship of the Church" by Jacob A. Regester
To-day is Ash Wednesday, and we must languish a whole year before another carnival comes round.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
The grand ball given at the American Embassy just before Ash Wednesday in the winter of 1907 was a very pretty affair.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
Ash Wednesday got wedged in betwixt Christmas and Lord Mayor's Day.
"Eighth Reader" by James Baldwin
The carnival in Spain lasts four days, including Ash Wednesday.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Given at Borna by the messenger, Ash Wednesday, anno 1522.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag
Ash Wednesday, being now called upon for a song, struck up a carol, which Christmas Day had taught him.
"The Pearl Story Book" by Various
On Ash Wednesday, which rose rainily, there was an augmentation in the average of headaches, and a rise in the rates for apothecary's stuff.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Sempaly looked into her eyes: "I was doing Ash-Wednesday penance, that was all," he said in a low voice.
"Our Own Set" by Ossip Schubin
The ball closes at midnight, so as not to profane Ash Wednesday.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Every year, in Holy Week and on Ash Wednesday, the image is brought down to the parish church.
"Mexico" by Susan Hale
It was the evening of Ash Wednesday, March 20, 1861, and the whole of Mendoza was at church.
"Argentina" by W. A. Hirst
About three weeks before Ash Wednesday, Anastase Gouache, the perennially young, had a brilliant inspiration.
"Pietro Ghisleri" by F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
On Ash Wednesday, the indulgences were promenaded through the town amid satirical songs.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
On Ash Wednesday (1519) Simon Morton, the bishop's sumner, apprehended them all, men, women, and children.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V" by J. H. Merle d'Aubign

In news:

Ten people presented testimony during a public hearing Wednesday night at the Ramada Inn about a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania regulatory program dealing with the beneficial use of coal ash at active and abandoned mine sites.
On Ash Wednesday, we say goodbye to the Mardi Gras season and welcome the season of Lent.
Christ the King Lutheran Church invites everyone to observe the day with a worship service and imposition of ashes on Wednesday at 7 pm at the church at 1001 W Esplanade Avenue in Kenner.
"The Passion of Christ," Mel Gibson's story of the last 12 hours of Christ's life, opens this week, on Ash Wednesday.
Fish restaurants benefit from Ash Wednesday.
Ex-Menudo Star & Artist Behind "Burn (One Love)": Ash Ruiz – Wednesday on "Art of Peace" (August 8th).
The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on Wednesday issued a formal declaration that a proposed new ash -blending project at the sewer plant will not have a harmful impact on the environment.
0People got a chance to get their Ash Wednesday ashes without going to church by getting their Ashes to Go.
People got a chance to get their Ash Wednesday  ashes without going to church by getting their Ashes to Go.
An urn containing a loved one's ashes that was stolen from a home early Wednesday morning was found the next day and returned by a city maintenance worker.
The Allegheny County Parks Department, Citiparks and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will host informational meetings Tuesday and Wednesday on oak wilt and the emerald ash borer .
"Dream World" by Andre Gomes, stolen two years ago from the Sidetracks Art Gallery in New Hope, was mysteriously returned, wrapped in purple, the day after Ash Wednesday, according to gallery owners.
Several UW players met with reporters Wednesday and offered an interesting perspective on the departures of Bielema and Ash.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. Improper ash disposal is a common cause of structure as well as wildland fires, local fire officials said Wednesday.
David Bixler searches through the ashes of his former home on Wednesday in search of his girlfriend's ring.