Six Weeks of Lent

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Allisson Sanchez

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” says the priest as he applies the cross of ashes on a worshipper’s forhead. Ash Wednesday falls on March 2 this year and it marks the beginning of the Lenten period leading up to Easter on April 17. During Lent Catholics are expected to give up eating meat on Fridays. Children and the elderly are exempt from fasting during Lent. Lutherans, Presbyterians and other Protestant denominations also hold services on Ash Wednesday.

During Lent worshippers will give up candy, television, and social media activity to show their devotion to their faith and emulate the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness reports Dwight Adams of the El Paso Times.