Signifying the beginning of the Lent season, the 46 days before Easter, many Christian churches are observing Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13.
According to St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Glendora, Lent is described as a time for spiritual renewal and a time to focus on activities that promote a closer relationship with God.
Churches host services on Ash Wednesday where the sign of the cross is made on worshippers’ foreheads with ashes. For many Christians, this symbolizes repentance and purification. This practice is common among several Christian denominations, including Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans and some Baptists.
It is also common practice during the Lent season to give up an activity or to take on a service, and to give up meat on Fridays and on days of fast – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
The following is the Ash Wednesday service schedule for area churches:
St. Dorothy Catholic Church
241 South Valley Center Ave., Glendora
Grace Episcopal Church
555 East Mountain View Ave., Glendora
1 p.m. In the Chapel
7:30 p.m. In the main sanctuary
1700 Palopinto, Glendora
7 p.m. In the Worship Center
Service and receiving of ashes
Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church
124 S San Dimas Canyon Rd, San Dimas
6:15 a.m. Service and distribution
8:30 .m. Mass
10:30 a.m. School Mass – All are welcome
12:30 p.m. Service and distribution
3:30 p.m. Service and Distribution
5 p.m. Service and Distribution
7 p.m. Mass (bilingual)
First Christian Church
300 N. Glendora Ave.
7 p.m. Ash Wednesday service
United Methodist Church
201 E. Bennett Ave.
7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
344 W Workman Ave, Covina
6:30 a.m. English Mass, church
8:15 a.m. English Mass, church
10:30 a.m. English, School Prayer Service, church
12:10 p.m. English Mass, church
1:30 p.m. English Prayer Service, church
3 p.m. English Prayer Service, church
4:30 p.m. English Prayer Service, church
5:30 p.m. English Mass, Cavanagh Hall
6 p.m. English Prayer Service, church
7 p.m. Spanish Mass, Cavanagh Hall
7:30 p.m. Bilingual Prayer Service, church
8:30 p.m. Bilingual Prayer Service, church
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