Wednesday, parishioners at St. Monica Catholic Church in Edmond, 2001 N Western, joined Christians around the world in the observance of Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of Lent. During Ash Wednesday services, clergy use ashes to trace a cross on parishioners’ foreheads as a symbol of repentance. Traditionally, ashes used to observe the day come from the burning of palm leaves used during Palm Sunday services the previous year. The words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” remind believers of their mortality. Ash Wednesday and Lent are observed particularly in Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and United Methodist faith communities, although other Christian denominations often participate, as well.
Carla Hinton, Religion Editor