CALEXICO, Calif. – For millions of Catholics around the world Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten journey in becoming closer to Christ.
In Calexico, dozens took time out of their day to attend Mass and receive their ashes on their forehead.
“It’s a day for repentance. It’s a day to repent of our sins that we have and also of fast and abstinence,” Lily Topete said.
Catholics don’t eat meat on this day and they also fast in various ways like eating two small meals or eating only bread and drinking water.
Lent lasts for 40 days. It’s a journey of knowing Jesus Christ more and having a closer relationship with Him.
“It’s a beautiful time to get into our inner self and to have a very personal encounter with God,” Rev. Miguel Campos said.
It’s a time to remember when Jesus died on the cross for sins and saving the world and resurrecting.
They believe sacrificing during this time helps to focus more on their relationship with God and what He wants them to hear.
“Very intimate. To get into your inner self and to go into the mystery. When I talk about the mystery I’m not talking about something to be afraid of. It’s to confront ourselves,” Rev. Campos said.
Lent ends after 40 days on resurrection Sunday on Easter.