President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania issued a message to Catholics and other Christians who planned on celebrating Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting that falls on the first day of Lent, which is “the six weeks of penitence before Easter,” and is also traditionally observed by Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Nazarenes, Independent Catholics, as well as by many from the Reformed faith.
In a statement posted on the White House the first couple said as follows:
“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.”
Prior to Ash Wednesday, the President and the First Lady wrapped up their two-day trip to India as part of their planned trip abroad to the He celebrated U.S.-India relations and his bond with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Melania tweeted a video on Wednesday of her and the president’s experience visiting the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
We leave you with that video.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the breathtaking Taj Mahal! pic.twitter.com/7Oz7h431Q0
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 26, 2020