Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent
Wednesday marks that there are 40 days left until Easter Sunday on April 12, and it also begins a new Christian season.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent season. For Christians, typically a sacrifice of an unhealthy food or an unhealthy habit occurs in exchange for devoting your life more to church leading up to Easter.
Ashes are placed on people's foreheads, and the priest says, "we are all dust, and one day will return to dust."
"We try to say, 'Okay what can I do to sacrifice, what can I do as penance in this season?'" said Father John Rice, Priest of St. Francis-Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg. "So that maybe we can get a little bit closer to God and a little closer to Jesus, fall a little bit more in love with them. And perhaps, get turned around a little bit and headed the right direction."
Anything given up by Christians throughout Lent can be resumed after Easter Sunday.