Guam- Hundreds of Catholics have flocked to various village churches around the island to attend Ash Wednesday services.
The Archdiocese of Agana Cathedral Basilica was just one of the many places where the island’s faithful marked the start of the Lenten season, which is 40 days before easter, not counting Sundays.
Lent is known as a time when many Christians prepare for easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance and spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday comes from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of appreciation and repentance to god. The ashes usually come from blessed palms that are burned from last year’s Palm Sunday.
The Agana Cathedral will also be hosting another mass at 7 pm for those who observe this important Christian ritual in the evening hours.