Ash Wednesday Quiz

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Ash Wednesday True/False Quiz

1. T/F Ash Wednesday is the last day of Lent.

2. T/F Ashes (mixed with oil) are put on the forehead to signify joy.

3. T/F Monks receive their mark of ashes on their tonsure rather than their foreheads.

4. T/F The ashes are put on the forehead or tonsure to remind of sorrow for sins and of the necessity of changing one’s life.

5. T/F At some churches, believers wash the ashes off before leaving the church to symbolize that they have been cleansed of their sins.

6. T/F In other churches, participants leave the ashes on when they leave, thereby “carrying the cross out into the world.”

7. For Extra Credit: T/F A tonsure is the tip of the tongue.

And the answers are . . .

1. FALSE:  Ash Wednesday is the FIRST day of Lent.

2. FALSE: They are put on the forehead in the shape of a cross to signify REPENTANCE before God.

3. TRUE: Monks receive their mark of ashes on their tonsure rather than their foreheads.

4. TRUE: The ashes are put on the forehead or tonsure to remind of sorrow for sins and of the necessity of changing one’s life.

5. TRUE: At some churches, believers wash the ashes off before leaving the church to symbolize that they have been cleansed of their sins.

6. TRUE: In other churches, participants leave the ashes on when they leave, thereby “carrying the cross out into the world.”

7. FALSE: A tonsure is the part of a monk’s or priest’s head that has been shaved.

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