Faithfuls Observe Ash Wednesday, the Start of the Lenten Season

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the 40 day Lenten season. Faithfuls Across Acadiana have been heading out to churches across the area to get their ashes. Though Ash Wednesday is widely known as a Catholic holiday, some Christians are celebrating as well. It’s a day where the faithful repent and reflect, but in recent years other branches of Christianity are choosing to observe the Lenten season too.
“Ash Wednesday helps us to remember our place in the world with God and that we all sin we all fall short and that God loves us,” said Reverend Zach Sasser.
Though there are differences in worship across the variety of Christian dominations, Reverend Zach Sasser believes they all still have something’s in common.
Rev. Sasser said, “…I think that’s one the reasons why a lot of other churches have embraced Ash Wednesday, is because it’s one of those things we can all agree on that everybody falls short before the Lord.”
“The ashes are there to remind us of a time of conversion and a renewal in our quest as Christians to follow Christ ever more closely,” said Bishop Deshotel with the Lafayette Diocese.
Bishop Deshotel says choosing to observe lent is a way to acknowledge and reconnect with your faith.
“It’s to make sure your wills are in good shape. Just how you go to the gym to strengthen your muscles, whenever you learn to say no to things that aren’t sinful then we are able to say no to things that are sinful,” said Bishop Deshotel.
“It reminds you of why you are doing this and the importance,” said one faithful.
After being raised in the church Katelin Segura feels her faith grows stronger every season.
“The Lenten season is a reminder that this is more than just cause you have, to it’s more than just a building that talks to you, it’s a home for your soul and your spirit and your connection with the Father that you don’t remember but it’s always there,” said Katelin Segura.
“God‘s love is amazing and wonderful and vast and this is a time where we can see that it matters that Christ died for us and that we can live for God,” added Rev. Sasser.
Rev. Sasser says it’s normally up to each church if they want to observe the Lenten holiday.