Redeemer Lutheran Church Pastor Daniel Lepley draws a cross on Lu Spicer's forehead in ash during an Ash Wednesday service. In the Christian faith, Ash Wednesday signifies the start of the Lenten season as a time of contemplation and sacrifice. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER
Sylvia Kiel of Columbus receives ashes on her forehead in the shape of a cross Wednesday from Pastor Daniel Lepley. Redeemer Lutheran Church was one of several churches in the area to hold Ash Wednesday services. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER
Christians across Jackson County attended Ash Wednesday services, marking the beginning of Lent.
The Father Dan Staublin of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Seymour said Lent is a time to prepare for Easter.
“It’s a time to renew our relationship with God and be drawn to him,” he said.