Ash Wednesday services in the Wabash Valley


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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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