Feb. 13 marks Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lenten season for many Christian religions including Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churches.
In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday takes place 40 days before Easter. Sundays that fall during that timeframe are not included in the 40-day count.
On Ash Wednesday, many Christians will go to church to receive a cross of ashes on their forehead. The ashes are used as a sign of repentance to God.
During lent, many Christians fast and repent to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It’s customary for Catholics to not eat meat on Fridays during lent. Many also give up something they would otherwise enjoy during this time.
Where to worship in Des Plaines on Ash Wednesday:
St. Stephen's Catholic Church
St. Mary Parish
St. Zachary Catholic Church
First United Methodist Church
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
St. Martin's Episcopal Church
First Presbyterian Church of Des Plaines
If you know of an area church also offering Ash Wednesday services, please add the information in the comments section.