Feb. 13 marks Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lenten season for many Christian religions including Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churches.
In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday takes place 40 days before Easter. Sundays that fall during that timeframe are not included in the 40-day count.
On Ash Wednesday, many Christians will go to church to receive a cross of ashes on their forehead. The ashes are used as a sign of repentance to God.
During lent, many Christians fast and repent to reflect upon Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It’s customary for Catholics to not eat meat on Fridays during lent. Many also give up something they would otherwise enjoy during this time.
Where to worship in Libertyville on Ash Wednesday:
St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville will be doing an "Ashes to Go" program at the Libertyville Metra train station at 200 W. Lake St., from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
St. John's Lutheran Church
Grace Lutheran Church
First Presbyterian Church
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
United Methodist Church of Libertyville
St. Joseph Catholic Church
If you know of an area church also offering Ash Wednesday services, please add the information in the comments section.