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Ash Wednesday

Published On: Mar 05 2014 05:04:38 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 05 2014 06:21:05 PM EST

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the start of a season of prayer and penance for many Christians.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the start of a season of prayer and penance for many Christians.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent, which leads up to Easter.

Many mark the beginning of the Lenten season by getting ashes on their forehead as a sign of baptismal renewal.

Churches in the Lehigh Valley have been holding Ash Wednesday masses.