My grandson attends Catholic school, and today was an all school mass for Ash Wednesday that I attended to help me start my 40 day lenten journey.
After the priest blesses the ashes, the faithful lined up to receive the ashes. The priest dips his right thumb in the ashes and makes the Sing of the Cross on each persons forehead.
When I was a young girl receiving ashes the priest would say; "Remember, that your are dust, and unto dust you shall return." Genesis 3:19
Today when I received my ashes the priest said; "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." Mark 1:15
The words of Mark surprised me, because I was so used to the old words. I always knew that there were other scriptures that were used, but my church always used the "ashes to ashes" scripture until today. I truly liked the new scripture that was used.
The reason we receive ashes is to remind us of our mortality and calls us to repentance, and so today I start my journey.