Local churches are scheduled to hold Holy Day Masses on Feb. 13.
Today, Feb. 13, is Ash Wednesday, a Holy Day that marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian faith. The Holy Day is named for the practice of clergy placing ashes on the foreheads of parishioners as a sign of penance and mourning, and begins a 46-day liturgical season that concludes with Easter. Below is the current schedule of Ash Wednesday services in Canton. Click on the blue link to see more information. St. John the Evangelist Church 9 a.m., 7 p.m. - Mass with Ashes 3 p.m. - Imposition of Ashes Are you the pastor or staff member of your church? Post your Ash Wednesday schedule in the comments section below.
Today is Ash Wednesday and Christians of many denominations observe the beginning of Lent today by giving up a luxury of some sort for the next 40 days. What are you giving up?
Christians of many denominations began today with the observance of Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of Lent. Others are simply nursing the effects of Fat Tuesday. Over the next 46 days until Easter, Christians are asked to give up a luxury they often enjoy. Some give up meat or video games, while others (my husband's grandmother for one) always gave up candy. In recent years, the Boston Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, has asked that instead of giving up something, parishioners take on something new, such as a charity work or contributing to their communities.