Saint Leo University marked the beginning of the Lenten Season with the distribution and reception of ashes on Ash Wednesday, which was Feb. 22 this year.
Father Cosmas Amadi, left, and Father Anthony Ujagbo, who are seeking master’s degrees at the university, distributed ashes outside of the Saint Jude Chapel. Benedictine Monks of Saint Leo Abbey also distributed them at the Saint Leo Abbey Church.
Lent is a 40-day period leading to Easter, during which Christians of many different denominations choose to fast, pray, reflect, do penance, give alms or use other means of making a sacrifice or performing works of charity.
The ashes, which are applied on foreheads in the shape of a cross, are an outward sign reminding Christians of their mortality and their need to repent and seek forgiveness for their sins.
Published March 08, 2023