Season of Lent begins with service in which congregants receive ash-on-forehead mark.
Like us on Facebook | Get our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter | Start a blog The season of Lent—the traditional period of penance, self reflection, fasting (and fish fries!)—begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. One of the holiest days in the Roman Catholic Church's calendar, Ash Wednesday is celebrated with services in which the faithful are marked with an ash cross on the forehead. The season of Lent ends with Good Friday and Easter. Risen Savior Catholic Church, 1501 E. County Road 42, will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. Word services will take place at 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Distribution of ashes will be part of all services.
What is the meaning of ashes on the forehead? What food is thought to have been developed during Lent? Here are some facts about the history of the Christian observation leading up to Easter.
Lent begins today, on Ash Wednesday, marking the 40-day period in Christianity in which Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray, and leading to observation of Holy Week, which commemorates Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection on Easter Sunday. Many churches will offer special Ash Wednesday services to mark the start of the observation. In Apple Valley, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will hold Ash Wednesday services at noon, 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. How much do you know about these traditions and facts associated with the Lenten season? 1. Many Christians know the ashes applied to the forehead on Ash Wednesday are meant to be a reminder of man's mortality and the need to repent sin. But ashes are also a recurring …