If you didn't grow up in a Christian tradition that celebrates Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season, it can all seem pretty strange. What's with the ashes on the forehead? It this all some sort of magical incantation?
Well, no and no.
In this video I give a brief introduction to what this season is all about. Or, at least, mostly all about.
By the way, my resource for this is the United Methodist Book of Worship, which has lots of great prayers, services, etc. I would encourage you to buy one for yourself and/or your family to use for your devotional life.