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ASH WEDNESDAY is a Christian Holy day of penitence and fasting and is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of  Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter.  Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by  Western Christians.  It is observed by  Anglicans, most Latin Rite Roman Catholics,  Moravians, Nazarenes, Independent Catholics, Methodists, as well as many from the Reformed faith.  As it is the first day of Lent, many Christians begin Ash Wednesday by marking a Lenten calendar, praying a Lenten daily devotional, and making a Lenten sacrifice that they will not partake of until the arrival of Eastertide.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The ashes are prepared by burning palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations.

MAUNDY THURSDAY (also known as Holy Thursday,  Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, among other names) is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter.  It commemorates the  Washing of the Feet (Maundy) and 
Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the gospels.  It is the fifth day of Holy Week, preceded by Holy Wednesday (Spy Wednesday) and followed by Good Friday.  “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, or commandment, reflecting Jesus’ words, “I give
you a new commandment.” The day comes always between March 19th and April 22nd, inclusive, and will vary according to whether the Gregorian calendar or the Julian calendar is used.  Eastern churches generally use the Julian system.

 
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