Christians observe Ash Wednesday to mark start of Lent


Christians around Los Angeles County observed Ash Wednesday, March 6, marking the beginning of Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

  • Rev. George Packer, center, Deacon, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, and John McLoughlin, offer ashes on Ash Wednesday during the rain at Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills on March 6, 2019. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Julie Schoonover, from Sherman Oaks, accepts ashes from Rev. George Packer, Deacon, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, on Ash Wednesday during the rain at Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills on March 6, 2019. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • Parishioners take part in Ash Wednesday mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. Archbishop JosŽ Gomez led to mass which signals the start of Lent. The ashes are made from the palms used at Palm Sunday and show that persons belong to Christ and represent a persons grief and mourning for their sins. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Archbishop JosŽ Horacio Gomez applies ash to parishioners foreheads at the Ash Wednesday mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. The ashes are made from the palms used at Palm Sunday and show that persons belong to Christ and represent a persons grief and mourning for their sins. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Catholics have ash applied to their foreheads at the Ash Wednesday mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. Archbishop JosŽ Gomez led to mass which signals the start of Lent. The ashes are made from the palms used at Palm Sunday and show that persons belong to Christ and represent a persons grief and mourning for their sins. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Father Antonio Fiorenza applies ashes to parishioners during Ash Wednesday mass at St. Elisabeth Church in Van Nuys on March 6, 2019. “Ashes are a sign of mortality, children don’t be afraid,” said Father Antonio Fiorenza to the school children during the mass. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Keara Skeries, 17, of Louisville High School and on service, Jesus Martinez, 6, and his first grade teacher Luz De La Cruz pray during Ash Wednesday mass at St. Elisabeth Church in Van Nuys on March 6, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • St. Elisabeth School choir gets blessings during Ash Wednesday mass at St. Elisabeth Church in Van Nuys on March 6, 2019. “Ashes are a sign of mortality, children don’t be afraid,” said Father Antonio Fiorenza to the school children during the mass. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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Ash Wednesday falls 46 days before Easter Sunday and is primarily observed by Catholics and other Christian denominations.

The practice of wearing ashes on one’s forehead on this day symbolizes the dust from which God is believed to have created man.

Some congregations also select topics to study and reflect on during Lent.


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Source:  https://www.dailynews.com/2019/03/07/christians-observe-ash-wednesday-to-mark-start-of-lent-2/



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