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You Will Need
- Religious service
- Sacred music
Attend religious services
Attend Mass if you are a practicing Roman Catholic. Ash Wednesday services are also held by some Protestant churches.
Ponder your origins and destiny
Ponder your origins and destiny. A Roman Catholic priest or Christian pastor will mark your forehead with ashes to remind you that you were created from -- and will return to -- dust.
Fast -- Fasting is a key element of the Lenten tradition, and many Christians choose to fast on Ash Wednesday. Fasting might also be appropriate if you happened to overindulge on Mardi Gras, the day that precedes Ash Wednesday.
Listen to a Gregorian chant
Listen to sacred music, like Gregorian chant. Thought it's not strictly an Ash Wednesday tradition, the custom of marking a penitent's head with ashes on this day is said to have originated during the papacy of Gregory the Great (590-604 CE).