Lenten Season Begins With Ash Wednesday

Published 03/05 2014 10:40AM

Updated 03/05 2014 10:59AM

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent for many Christian churches. 

In Rochester and across the nation, churches begin the season of prayer and penance in preparation for the Easter season. Saint Monica's Church held a service at midnight. 

"Lent is that time when we take time off to get serious about what we believe in and what our faith is all about," Fr. Raymond Fleming said.

Lent lasts six-and-a-half weeks, ending on Easter Sunday. Observances of Lent date back to the fourth century. 

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