The Tudor Society
  • Ash Wednesday and Lent in Tudor times

    Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which in Tudor times was a time of fasting and prayer.

    But how did Tudor people mark Ash Wednesday and Lent? What else did they do?

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  • Ash Wednesday and St David’s Day

    Today is both Ash Wednesday and St David’s Day!

    Ash Wednesday was the first day of Lent and was a day of penitence. Before the Reformation banned the practice, priests would bless ashes, which were traditionally made from burning the previous year’s Palm Sunday ‘palms’, mix them with holy water and then mark the congregation’s foreheads with the sign of the cross in ash. As the priest did this, he would say “Remember, man, that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.”

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