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When Is Ash Wednesday 2014?

Find the date of Ash Wednesday 2014 and links to Ash Wednesday resources


Ash Wednesday 2008 at Saint Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

A woman prays after receiving ashes on her forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday at Saint Louis Cathedral, February 6, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Question: In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. (In the Eastern Catholic Churches, the first day of Lent is Clean Monday.) When is Ash Wednesday 2014?

Answer: Ash Wednesday falls on March 5, 2014, 46 days before Easter 2014. (For more on why Lent is 40 days long but Ash Wednesday falls 46 days before Easter, see How Is the Date of Ash Wednesday Calculated?)

For the date of Ash Wednesday in other years, see When Is Ash Wednesday? And since Ash Wednesday is a day of strict fasting and abstinence (see Can Catholics Eat Meat on Ash Wednesday? for details), check out these meatless Lent recipes for Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent.

Find a list of all of the Holy Days of Obligation and moveable feasts for 2014 in the Catholic Liturgical Calendar for 2014.

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Ash Wednesday FAQs
Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Can Catholics Eat Meat on Ash Wednesday?
What Determines the Date of Ash Wednesday?
Should Catholics Keep Their Ashes on All Day on Ash Wednesday?
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