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Utah’s faithful mark beginning of Lent during Ash Wednesday services

The Most Rev. Oscar Solis, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, speaks to students during The Skaggs Catholic Center’s celebration of Ash Wednesday with an all-school Mass at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The Mass was attended by Juan Diego students and students from St. John the Baptist middle and elementary schools.
The Most Rev. Oscar Solis, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, speaks to students during The Skaggs Catholic Center’s celebration of Ash Wednesday with an all-school Mass at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The Mass was attended by Juan Diego students and students from St. John the Baptist middle and elementary schools.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

The Most Rev. Oscar Solis, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, speaks to students during the Skaggs Catholic Center’s celebration of Ash Wednesday with an all-school Mass at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper on Wednesday. The Mass was attended by Juan Diego students and students from St. John the Baptist middle and elementary schools. According to Christianity.com, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Jesus Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice and resurrection.