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Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday

February 21, 2007

Albany -- For Christians worldwide it is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Believers at St. Teresa's Catholic church were marked with a symbolic cross made with ashes on their foreheads. The 40 days of Lent lead up to Easter, the holiest day of the Christian calendar and the day Jesus was resurrected from the dead.

"Christians, Catholics are all centered on this time. It's the time we kind of recollect our identity, remember who we are, and just prepare for, like I said this very important day which is coming up, Easter," said Catholic Deacon Jay Dallas.

During Lent many Christians renew their commitment to God through daily prayer and by giving up something through Easter.

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