Ash Wednesday marks beginning of Lenten season

Author: , (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published: Feb 13 2013 07:09:03 AM EST

Wednesday is the start of a season of reflection, fasting and prayer for many Christians.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, which leads up to Easter Sunday.

Some Christians will start the 40-day period by getting ashes on their foreheads in the sign of a cross.

The ashes are considered a sign of repentance.