Burning of the Ashes

Burning of the Ashes
Burning of the Ashes

On Tuesday the 17th of February, OLQP celebrated the burning of the palms.  

Father Paul initially blessed the palms, which were donated by the OLQP school community, in a ceremony witnessed by all students, teachers and parents.  The palms were then burnt and the ashes were used on Ash Wednesday, where they were placed on each student's forehead to signify the start of Lent.  As the ashes are marked on our forehead, we are reminded of Genesis 3:19, “For dust you are and to dust you shall return.”

Blessing of the Ashes
Blessing of the Ashes

Palms were initially used to symbolise Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday and the cry to praise Jesus); converting them into ash is a reminder that defeat and crucifixion followed soon after (the same people were now calling for Christ to be crucified).  On Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent) the priest applies ashes to the foreheads of Christians (in the form of a cross) to signify our belief in God the Trinity and as a sign of our belief in the redemption of the Cross.