Just a gentle reminder: Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter.
Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned. In the liturgical practice of some churches, the ashes are mixed with the Oil of the Catechumens (one of the sacred oils used to anoint those about to be baptized), though some churches use ordinary oil. This paste is used by the priest who presides at the service to make the sign of the cross, first upon his own forehead and then on each of those present who kneel before him at the altar rail. As he does so, he recites the words: "Remember (O man) that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
So, if you have friends or co-workers whose religion practices this sacramental, you will probably notice an ash mark on their face today. Try to remember not to point this out to them, they know it is there. I just wanted to let you know, because last year I did tell Jamie she had something on her forehead!