What are your thoughts about Ash Wednesday and Lent. What does the Bible teach?
The Bible says nothing about Ash Wednesday. While it is true that some Old Testament saints put ashes on their bodies in times of mourning, the Bible never tells us to apply ashes to our body because Jesus died and subsequently returned to life. The application of using ashes, along with sackcloth, during periods of mourning (Esther 4:1-3; Isaiah 58:5; Jeremiah 6:26; Daniel 9:3; Jonah 3:6; and Matthew 11:21) was an ancient practice.
Ash Wednesday occurs on the first day of Lent. During Lent Roman Catholics and others will involve themselves in fasting, repentance, and various spiritual disciplines in preparation for Easter. Since Lent occurs 40 days before Easter Ash Wednesday varies too! It usually occurs sometime between February 4 and March 11.
Some claim that Ash Wednesday has pagan origins. Whatever the origin, it is not based on scripture.