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Ash Wednesday Celebrated Worldwide, Across Northern Nevada

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For Roman Catholics Ash Wednesday mass marks the beginning of Lent - a period of time that last about 40 days leading to Easter.

"It's a penitential season and we recall our mortality, our humanity," says Father Norm King of Immaculate Conception Church.

It is this day that ashes are blessed then placed on the forehead. "They remind us with the priests words to us 'remember thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return," says Virginia Edwards of Spanish Springs.

Eva Harmon of Sparks adds, "it is a symbol of my love for my Lord and all the blessings I've received."

The season of Lent is a time of reflection, when Catholics are urged to practice prayer, penance and almsgiving. "Like more adoration, going to mass more times a week, often and giving up things like sweets," says Edwards.

"And also almsgiving - to share the blessings that we have with others."

For practicing Catholics, the solemn six weeks of Lent are a journey worth the sacrifice "so be fresh and ready for Easter, a glorious ressurection," says Father King.

If you'd like to attend an Ash Wednesday service - many churches offer evening masses. Here in Reno there will be services at St. Albert the Great at 6pm and Our Lady of Wisdom at 6:30pm.

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