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Ash Wednesday - "Remember Man That Thou Art Dust..." ROMAN CHRISTENDOM - February 13, 2016 On Ash Wednesday... Feria quarta cinerum in tempi quadragesimæ... (The Wednesday of ashes in the time of the 40 days i.e. Lent...) On this day Catholics the world over receive on their foreheads the sign of the cross in ash, administered by the priest, to symbolise the transience of life, the need for repentance (ash being a sign of repentence) and the hope of immortality in the life to come. As he administers the ashes the priest says (in Latin in the traditional ...