QUINCY (WGEM) -- The Church of St. Peter is one of several area churches marking the start of the Lenten season. During a noon mass, parishioners had their foreheads marked with ashes in the sign of the cross.
Palm branches from last Palm Sunday were burned to create the ashes, which are worn through the day as a public symbol of penance.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting leading up to Easter, the day Christians believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
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