Photo by Bob Borchardt
Fr. Canice Enyiaka marks the faithful at St. Philip’s in Cedaredge with the sign of the cross, using ashes from the palms used during last year’s Palm Sunday services. The service marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians, leading up to Easter Sunday.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Christians of various denominations and traditions worldwide gathered at their respective houses of worship to observe the first day of the Lenten season, commonly referred to as Ash Wednesday.
For many, the Lenten season — the 40 days prior to Easter — is a reminder of Christ's 40 days of fasting and prayer in the desert, ending with his temptations by Satan.