"Your reply said that it was about mourning, When someone dies and you are in mourning do you use ashes??????"
Not that kind of mourning, but public mourning over sins: clothing oneself in sackcloth and ashes to avert the ire of God is certainly a Biblical expression!
As it was up to the Kings of Judah to proclaim such fasting in OT times, in New Testament times it is up to Christ and his Vicar, the Pope. And The Popes over past millennia have proclaimed such mourning in respect of the purpose of the 40 day fast before Easter.
On Antimodernism : 2003-03-12 20:40
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