Although the holiday of Ash Wednesday is never directly mentioned in the Bible, it is one of the most celebrated Christian events in church history. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day season of fasting, reflection, and remembrance before the Holy Week and resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. In churches on Ash Wednesday a minister recites Genesis 3:19 "for dust you are and to dust you shall return" - while applying ashes in the shape of a cross on the recipient's forehead. While the Catholic church traditionally carries on the tradition of Ash Wednesday, many other Christian denominations and evangelicals have begun to use this day to mark a time to remember how short life is and to begin preparing for Jesus's death, burial and resurrection. Read these Bible verses and Scriptures to grow your faith this Ash Wednesday.

Learn more about the history and traditions behind Ash Wedesday at Crosswalk.com - What is Ash Wednesday?