Several people mistakenly believe President Joseph Biden’s ash cross, worn to commemorate Ash Wednesday, is a forehead bruise. The current US president visited Ukraine and Poland this week for a three-day tour, where he met with regional leaders from Eastern Europe.
Also, it allowed Biden to firmly reiterate US support for Ukraine as the war there approaches its second year. On February 24, 2022, Russian troops invaded Ukraine, starting a conflict between the two nations.
Yet, Joe Biden took a minute to observe a Religious custom for Ash Wednesday amid the geopolitical debates. This has generated considerable confusion, with some thinking the president had a forehead bruise.
How did Biden bruise his forehead? pic.twitter.com/q0XUpybthB
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Joe Biden’s Ash Cross Confused With a Forehead Bruise
Biden was among the international leaders at the NATO Bucharest Nine Extraordinary Meeting on February 22, 2023. (B9). The Polish Presidential Mansion in Warsaw served as the location of the B9 meeting. There was a lot to talk about as the Russia-Ukraine war’s anniversary approached.
Nevertheless, one thing that caught viewers’ attention was the bruise-like mark on Joe Biden’s forehead. Since then, an ash cross on the forehead has been identified as the mark, a custom all Christian sects follow. On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a priest makes this mark.
On February 22, a Polish priest named Father Wiesaw Dawidowski celebrated a secret mass for the president. The priest posted pictures from the ritual where he sprinkled ashes on Biden’s forehead to his Facebook page.
The “bruise” allegation comes after one that Biden had allegedly fallen down the stairs of Air Force One after touching down in Warsaw. A White House spokesperson has since confirmed that “the person who fell was not Biden.”
Why Are Ash Crosses Drawn on Foreheads on Ash Wednesday?
On Ash Wednesday, wearing an ash cross on one’s forehead is customary. The ash cross is used to symbolize death and atonement for sins. A priest usually places it on the observers’ foreheads during morning mass.
The priest accompanies this action with the blessing, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return.” As Biden does, one may continue wearing the ash cross for the rest of the day. Following John F. Kennedy, Joe Biden is the second Roman Catholic president.
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This is Not the First Time Biden’s Cross Has Been Mistaken for a Bruise
Every year on Ash Wednesday, Biden makes an ash cross on his forehead to commemorate the religious occasion. However, every year, many people are unaware of this custom. Biden’s forehead has been the subject of conjecture on the previous Ash Wednesdays.
After the president departed a mass in Washington, DC, with an ash cross, some social media users thought he had a bruise on his forehead last year. This has been ongoing for decades.
Years before Biden announced his intentions to run for president, Sky News host Kay Burley incorrectly reported in 2010 that Biden had a bruise on his head. After it was determined to be an ash cross, she apologized on life for the confusion, according to the Daily Mail.
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