Season of Lent begins as Christians observe Ash Wednesday across metro

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- The season of Lent for many Christians begins Wednesday with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

Parishioners at Cure of Ars Catholic Church woke up early to get their ashes. The ashes will be marked on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. The ashes are made from palm branches used last year on Palm Sunday.

"We're just being reminded that we come from dust and to dust we shall return," Father Richard Storey said.

Many people may not realize it, but Ash Wednesday is observed by other Christians such as Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians.

Lent lasts 40 days. It's a season of repentance and abstinence in remembrance of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert. People will fast on Ash Wednesday and during Lent they will give up some of their favorite things as well as perform acts of charity.