This Day: February 21

0 Posted by - February 21, 2013 - This Day

Worshipers filled St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona Wednesday, joining Christians worldwide for the observance of Ash Wednesday. When the liturgy ended, the congregation filed to the alter for the imposition of ashes. “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” Rev. William Becker said as he traced a cross on each person’s forehead. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of repentance and renewal in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection at Easter. The ashes, made from palm leaves used in last year’s Palm Sunday services, symbolize the recipient’s willingness to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Christian gospel. “They are a sign that we are repenting for our sins, and a reminder of our mortal humanity,” said Rose Hammes, director of communications for the Winona diocese. “Like Christ, we will die, but then live in his resurrection.”