Merced-area Catholics begin season of Lent
03/05/2014 10:50 PM
03/05/2014 11:01 PM
Ash Wednesday marked the first day of Lent, the 40-day period – not including Sundays – of fasting, prayer and repentance leading up to Easter, which this year is April 20.
The ashes form the sign of a cross as a mark of repentance and a reminder of mortality. At Ash Wednesday services the clergy quote a biblical phrase from Genesis, “Remember, man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
The 40-day period points to the biblical account of Jesus fasting for 40 days to resist the devil’s temptations in the wilderness.
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