Ash Wednesday begins, marking Lenten season

At St. Luke Catholic Church in Boardman, believers received ashes

Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.

The day is known as Ash Wednesday. It lasts 40 days, excluding Sundays, leading up to Easter, or Resurrection Sunday.

At St. Luke Catholic Church in Boardman, believers received ashes. They typically come from palms that are burned and blessed after the previous year’s Palm Sunday. They’re a sign of mortality and repentance and symbolize purification and sorrow for sin.

Once again — as he has done for the last 20 years — Father Ed Noga of Saint Patrick’s Church in Youngstown dispensed ashes at the Mahoning County Courthouse downtown. As he rubbed the sign of the cross on people’s foreheads, he wished participants a happy Lenten season — which runs through the night of April 15, just before Easter Sunday.

Wednesday, local leaders from different denominations of Christianity also gathered together to invite all Christians to come together on Friday, April 14 to observe Good Friday.

The day commemorating Jesus’s death on the cross.

There will be worship, singing in both English and Spanish, and dancing.

The event is about unity and peace, and organizers say they want people to ignore skin color and forget about what divides their branches of Christianity for one night.

You can find more information at www.meetmeatthecross.us.

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