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 Niles-Morton Grove on Ash Wednesday:
Saint John Brebeuf
St. Isaac Jogues
Our Lady of Ransom
St. Martha Catholic Church
St. John Lutheran Church
St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Jerusalem Lutheran Church
Morton Grove Community Church
If you know of an area church also offering Ash Wednesday services, please add the information in the comments section.