Christians in Utah mark Ash Wednesday when the Easter countdown begins

The holiest time of faith is now in progress.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) Father Jose A. Barrera places ashes on a boy’s face on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, on Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan.

For believers – like these at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan – Ash Wednesday literally marks the beginning of Christianity’s holiest season.

It falls on the seventh Wednesday before Easter and marks the start of Lent.

Followers – including Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians and Lutherans – rubbed ash on their foreheads as an outward sign of their penance.

This year, Western Christians celebrate Easter on April 17th. Eastern Orthodox believers do so a week later, on April 24.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) Father Jose A. Barrera places ashes on a young girl on Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) Father Jose A. Barrera puts ash on a woman’s face for Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) A woman prays at Ash Wednesday Catholic Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

(Rachel Rydalch | The Salt Lake Tribune) Deacon Sunday Espinoza, right, places ashes on Father José A. Barrera, left, for Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Jordan on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2022/03/03/see-photos-utah/ Christians in Utah mark Ash Wednesday when the Easter countdown begins

Joel McCord

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