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The custom of starting Lent with a smudge of ashes on believers' foreheads in the shape of a cross began in the Middle Ages.

The intent of Wednesday's Ashes to Go event is not evangelical, Larson said, but as a matter of convenience. Each year, the readings for Ash Wednesday are the same.

Madison First United Methodist Church will have an Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.in their sanctuary.

Lent is the season in the church year that occurs just before Easter. They are made from the blessed palms used in the previous year's Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) service. As they are marked with a cross on their foreheads, they will be told, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return", according to Duffy. One local church is taking the Ash Wednesday tradition to the streets, making the practice available to anyone who can't make it to an Ash Wednesday services.

Not known for her self-indulgence, she revealed she would be giving up crisps over Lent when many Christians fast or give up luxuries.

"We encourage people to really get into it and dig a little deeper during this time and really appreciate what Jesus did for us that we will celebrate when Easter comes", explained Chris Rush, Member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

"Most are probably living the life below what God has called us to - myself included - in regards to doing more for our brothers and sisters throughout this world", he said. "We remind every individual that at the end everyone will take only their good deeds with them and not their acquired wealth", said Fr. Traditionally Lent was a time of fasting and prayer. I was also planning to start a gardening and waste management project in my society.Feeding strays in my society is also on my list, " said Jolina Mathias, a resident of Vishnu Nagar.

How can these ashes help us to realize that we are loved? Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Lent signifies as the days of Jesus until his crucifixion followed by his subsequent resurrection.

"It's a blending of symbols - of mortality, of hope and also of penance and celebration", she said.


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