Believers Mark Ash Wednesday

Christians marked Ash Wednesday with special services.

Worshipers gathered at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Meridian to celebrate the first day of the Lenten season.

Lent is a forty-day period leading up to Easter Sunday Apr. 4. Sundays are not counted in the forty days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection.

"It's a season of preparation, prayer, fasting, and study of God's Word that we start on this day. And it's a special day," said Walton Jones.

Ashes are placed on the foreheads of believers as a sign of repentance.


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