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Wednesday is the day of the week between Tuesday and Thursday. The name comes from the Old English Wódnesdæg meaning the day of Woden, commonly known as Odin in Modern English. The astrological sign of the planet Mercury represents Wednesday, which was Dies Mercurii to the Romans. In English, this became Woden's Day, since the Roman god Mercury was identified with the Germanic god Woden in northern Europe.
When Sunday is taken as the first of the week, the day in the middle of the following week is Wednesday. Correspondingly, the German name for Wednesday has been Mittwoch (literally: "mid-week") since the 10th Century, having displaced the original name: Wochentag.
In the popular rhyme, "Wednesday's Child is full of woe".
- Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, occurs forty days before Easter not counting Sundays.
- Spy Wednesday is an old name given to the Wednesday immediately preceding Easter, in allusion to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot. This story is the pericope from the Gospel read at Mass in the Roman Catholic tradition on this day.
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