South Texans Flock To Church For Ash Wednesday
Thousands of South Texas Christians flocked to churches on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, to have ashes put on their foreheads in the shape of a cross as a symbol of their faith.
"Ash Wednesday is the beginning of a season called Lent when we prepare our hearts for Easter, for the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," explained Laurinda Kwiatkowski, one of the pastors at San Antonio's University United Methodist Church. "So it’s a period of time of 40 days where we’re reminded of the sin in our lives and the forgiveness that we have through Jesus Christ."
Many Christians, like UUMC church member Barry Brower, spend Lent in reflection, prayer and sometimes periods of fasting.
"I know the importance of the 40 days: the repentance of us sinners," Brower said. "Forty days is a short time to give up something. But the main thing is that we know we have to give up our lives for eternity at some point."
Lent lasts 40 days to mark the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert prior to beginning his public ministry.