Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of Lent for Western Christian churches. It is a day of penitence to clean the soul before the Lent fast.
Churchgoers are marked with a cross of ashes on the forehead as a sign of penance and mortality.
TRADITIONAL ASH WEDNESDAY PRAYER
God our Father, you create us from the dust of the earth.
Grant that these ashes may be for us a sign of our penitence, and a symbol of our mortality.
Ash Wednesday is a the beginning of Lent. It a season of reparation and reflection before the celebration of Easter.