ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many Churches around the world were packed on Wednesday as Christians commemorated Ash Wednesday.
In Albany, St. Theresa's Catholic Church held a special mass to mark the first day of Lent.
On Ash Wednesday, ashes are placed on the forehead to symbolize the mortality of the believer and the Judgement Day.
Duster Burnett of Albany said, "it's a time to reflect and cleanse your soul. Get yourself back in touch with God. It's all about the Alms giving, the fasting, and just getting ready to do what Jesus did."
The Lentan season lasts for 40 days leading up to Easter which this year falls on April 12th.