Catholics and members of some Protestant denominations will display a visible sign of penance as they recognize Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Lent is a season of penance, reflection and fasting which "prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption," according to Catholic Online. The ashes are a symbol of penance for sin, and mark a period of 40 days of sacrifice to achieve sacramental absolution.
Churches all over Johnston will be marking the sign of the cross on worshipers' foreheads in ashes resulting from the burning of palm fronds after last year's Palm Sunday. Mark the occasion today at one of these Johnston churches:
Our Lady of Grace Church, 4 Lafayette St.
St. Rocco Church, 929 Atwood Ave.
St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1804 Atwood Ave.
St. Brigid Church, 1231 Plainfield St.