SLIDESHOW: Beginning of Lent marked at Ash Wednesday services

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 3:26 p.m. CST; updated 4:41 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sacred Heart Catholic Church parishioners participated in an Ash Wednesday service, led by Deacon John Weaver at noon Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a Christian religious period during which practitioners are instructed to lead a more pure life through fasting, repentance of sin and typically the giving up of some vice or indulgence for the weeks leading up to Easter.