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DePaul to offer several Ash Wednesday services

A cross draped in a purple cloth and bearing a crown of thorns
(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, observed by some Christians as a time for prayer, fasting, introspection and an examination of conscience. Lent continues for 40 days, until the Thursday before Easter. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 22.

A common tradition of Ash Wednesday is the imposition of ashes, or ashes rubbed onto the forehead in the shape of a cross. The ashes symbolize human mortality and a desire to return to God's embrace.

Everyone is welcome to receive ashes or a blessing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln Park Student Center Atrium.

DePaul will also hold several services — both Masses and ecumenical services — on Wednesday, on both campuses. The day's schedule follows:

Lincoln Park Campus

Ashes and blessing: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Center Atrium
Catholic Mass: 8 a.m., 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Church
Ecumenical worship: 5 p.m., Student Center Interfaith Sacred Space

Loop Campus

Catholic Mass: 8 a.m., Miraculous Medal Chapel, Lewis Center; 12 p.m., DePaul Center, concourse level
Ecumenical worship: 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., DePaul Center, 11th floor

During the season of Lent, many people choose a path of repentance and fasting or "giving something up" as a discipline. Others choose to become more intentional about service and sharing resources. As many within the university community embark upon this Lenten journey leading to the holy celebration of Easter, all are encouraged to join with Christians throughout the world to use this season as a time of engaging in reflection and spiritual growth.