ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – Today is Ash Wednesday, one of the most popular and important holy days of the year, it’s the start of the lenten season of fasting and prayer.
A lot of local churches specifically catholic churches will be holding special services today.
This Ash Wednesday will look a lot more normal than last year when priest only sprinkled the ashes of your head, they will be back this year to putting a cross on the forehead.
Today means there is now only 46 days until Easter Sunday.
The holiday is observed by Catholics although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting.
The practice includes wearing ashes on the head symbolizing the dust from which God made us.
Today is normally a day of prayer and fasting but this year the Erie Catholic Disease is participating in a day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine.
“What lent is suppose to do is to take us out of ourselves and think of others,” says Bishop Lawrence Persico. “We think of the people who are suffering because of an unjust war, so I think that it’s important for us to remember especially as Christians but it’s something that all woman and men of goodwill can do for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.”