• Joshua Morrison/News Father Mark Hammond, center, of St. Vincent de Paul Church places ashes on the forehead of parishioners during Ash Wednesday Mass Wednesday night. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, 40 days of repentance prior to Easter.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Father Mark Hammond, center, of St. Vincent de Paul Church places ashes on the forehead of parishioners during Ash Wednesday Mass Wednesday night. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, 40 days of repentance prior to Easter.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Father Mark Hammond, center, of St. Vincent de Paul Church places ashes on the forehead of parishioners during Ash Wednesday Mass Wednesday night. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, 40 days of repentance prior to Easter.

MOUNT VERNON — Filled with hearts and words of love, Wednesday was also a day of worship for many as Ash Wednesday marked the start of Lent.

As Rev. David Kendall-Sperry, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, explained, Lent was brought into the church as a time of prayer, fasting, meditation, confession, and “a time to return to following the lord.”

This was especially true for those who had been previously kicked out of the church for committing a grave sin. They would spend the 40 days of Lent repenting, and would be re-admitted at the end of that 40 days. It was also a time for those looking to get baptized on Easter to prepare.

 

Chelsea Olms: 740-397-5333 or chelsea@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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