Ash Wednesday services held
Oklahoma’s faithful flocked to churches as they joined others around the world in observing Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of the Christian season of Lent.
The ritual of the imposition of ashes traditionally takes place during Ash Wednesday services. Ashes from palm branches are placed on the forehead of congregants in the sign of the cross as part of this ritual. The ashes are christened with holy water and they symbolize penance and contrition.
The words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” remind believers of their mortality — that they are on Earth for a short time.
Rev. John Henry Marlin, assisting priest at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, places ashes in the form of a cross on the foreheads of parishioners — the imposition of ashes — at an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday at the church, 6400 N Pennsylvania.