AbstractThe title of this poem tells the reader that it will be a religious meditation. It helps to know that the main themes of Ash- Wednesday in the history of the church are those of repentance and renewal. From at least the fourth century the Western Church decided to set the Lenten season as 40 days before Easter. This is analogous to the 40 days of Christ’s fasting in the desert (Matt. 4:2). The 40 days of Lent do not count the Sundays, and so Ash- Wednesday as the first day of Lent starts in the seventh week before Easter Sunday. In the early church, converts prepared for baptism during this time.
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