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Georgia observes Ash Wednesday

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Many Christians attended worship services Wednesday wearing a mark of ashes to demonstrate their faith.

A South Georgia Pastor says it is not unusual in hard times for large crowds to attend Ash Wednesday services.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the 40 day season leading up to Easter.   A standing room only crowd attended noon service at St. Teresa's Catholic Church.

It's a day for Christians to remember their own mortality and the need for God's forgiveness.

"I think what people want most of all is to have a sense of their own goodness, and a sense that they are part of something larger than themselves," said Reverend Finbarr P. Stanton of St. Teresa's Catholic Church. "To be part of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be part of his truth is something I think many people want."

The Lenten season prepares Christians for Easter, the day the Christian faith celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


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