Lenten season begins for Greenwich faithful
GREENWICH — Christians across the area lined up Wednesday at churches, bowed their heads and received the sign of the cross in ashes on their forehead.
At St. Catherine of Siena Church in the Riverside section of Greenwich, the Rev. Bill Platt celebrated a midday service for the faithful at the Roman Catholic Church.
Ash Wednesday marked the start of the Lenten season — the 40 days devoted to prayer, reflection, fasting and compassionate acts leading up to Easter, which falls on April 21 this year.
Christians are marked with ashes to remember that they have fallen short of God’s expectations. On Easter Sunday, they celebrate God’s grace with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.