Feb. 13 marks Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lenten season for many Christian religions including Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churches.
In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday takes place 40 days before Easter. Sundays that fall during that timeframe are not included in the 40-day count.
On Ash Wednesday, many Christians will go to church to receive a cross of ashes on their forehead. The ashes are used as a sign of repentance to God.
During lent, many Christians fast and repent to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It’s customary for Catholics to not eat meat on Fridays during lent. Many also give up something they would otherwise enjoy during this time.
Where to worship in Yorkville on Ash Wednesday:
- St. Patricks -- 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. services.
- Immanuel Lutheran -- 7 p.m. service.
- Trinity United Methodist -- 7 p.m. service.
- St. Edward and Christ Episcopal -- 9:30 a.m. service.
If you know of an area church also offering Ash Wednesday services, please add the information in the comments section.