TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Parishioners gathered for the midday service for Ash Wednesday at Saint Benedict Church in Terre Haute.
Historically, Christians remember Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent as the time Christ fasted for 40-days and nights.
Common Lenten practices include not eating meat on Fridays and fasting on Ash Wednesday.
And the ashes themselves are a tradition from the Old Testament. When you wanted to show repentance for your sins, you sat in a sackcloth of ashes.
So today, many Christian groups receive ashes on the forehead during Ash Wednesday service.