1 - Remember to abstain from meat and fast. It is one of only two days we are required to fast every year.
2 - Pray every time you get a hunger pain.
3 - Start your Lent off on the right foot by being joyful and kind today. Remember we are not to let anyone "know" we are fasting.
4 - Right down your Lenten resolutions, so that you can remind yourself daily about them. My family and I did this last night together.
5 - Go to Mass. Wear your ashes today and be ready to tell someone why you do so.
To get us in the mood for Lent and Ashes:
Allegre's Miserere (means "pity"). Do yourself a favor. Turn it up, close your eyes and pray with it. This song is so beautiful, that it was forbidden to be sung outside of the Vatican for a while.
The text comes from Psalm 51 (one of my favorites):
1 Have mercy on me, O God,Tip O' The Hat to Rocco.
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.
14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
build up the walls of Jerusalem.
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar