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The Meaning of the Ashes

ash wednesday 7The ashes are a symbol of our sinfulness.  We are reminded that our bodies are but ash, and to ash it shall return.  Our soul is who we are, the part of us that will live after our death.   By dying on the cross, Jesus made reparation for our sins, so that our souls can get to Heaven.  Lent makes us aware that we can always begin again.  Lent is a season for us to think about how we should be living our lives.  A time for us to ponder the sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying on the cross, so that when we die, we can be with Him in Heaven.  


  • Black construction paperPurple construction paper
  • Scrap piece of paper, about 6” x 8” for tearing out a cross
  • White chalk
  • White charcoal pencil or white paint pen
  • Kleenex
  • Hair spray or sealer


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Photo 1:  Hand draw a cross on the scrap piece of paper, using the full sheet of paper.  Then tear the cross out, so that the edges are rough.

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Photo 2: Place the cross in the center of the black construction paper.  Write the words, “Remember man you art dust and to dust thou shalt return, above and below the cross using the white charcoal pencil.

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Photo 3:  Place a couple of small pieces of looped tape to the back of the cross (to help hold it in place) and place back in the center of the black paper.

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Photo 4: Using a piece of white chalk, I find it best to lay the chalk on its side.  Chalk the paper, starting at the cross and stroking towards the edges of the paper. 

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Photo 5:  With the Kleenex, softly wipe the chalk to blend it, starting at the cross and stroking towards the edges of the paper.

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Photo 6:  Spray  the picture, lightly, with hair spray.  Let it dry and then retrace the words with a white charcoal pencil.

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Photo 7:  Glue the picture to a purple background sheet of construction paper.





















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