The Celestial Forces can give us many things, provided that we sincerely repent of all the sins we have committed, in word and deed. This rite makes it possible to show these same Forces that we are eager to do penance and to revive the flame of the Faith. Thus, by this return to the Lord, cleansed of our sins, we will be able to obtain many graces.
This rite begins on Ash Wednesday, for 2019: Wednesday 06 March
The symbolism of ashes can already be found in the Old Testament. It generally evokes the representation of sin and the fragility of being. We can read there that when man is covered with ashes, it is because he wants to show God that he recognizes his faults. As a result, he asks God for forgiveness of his sins: he does penance. It is on these bases that the meaning of Ash Wednesday was built, in particular because it marks the opening of a long period of penance: Lent.This ritual is very simple to perform and it can successfully replace the act of confession if it is performed with the concern of true repentance.