President Trump on Wednesday issued a statement in commemoration of Ash Wednesday, urging Americans to "grow closer to God in your faith during this blessed season."
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, traditionally a time of heightened prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for some Christians leading up to the Easter celebration.
Trump underscored the solemn and sacred character of the season in his statement.
Melania and I wish everyone observing Ash Wednesday a peaceful and prayerful day. For Catholics and many other Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season that concludes with the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday. Today, millions of Christians will be marked on their foreheads with the sign of the cross. The imposition of ashes is an invitation to spend time during Lent fasting, praying, and engaging in acts of charity. This powerful and sacred tradition reminds us of our shared mortality, Christ's saving love, and the need to repent and accept the Gospel more fully. We join in prayer with everyone observing this holy day and wish you a prayerful Lenten journey. May you grow closer to God in your faith during this blessed season.