GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Now that the last beads have been tossed, and the Mardi Gras floats have gone into storage, coast Christians can focus on the Lenten season.
Today is Ash Wednesday. According to Wikipedia, Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of repentance.
At St. James Catholic Church in Gulfport and at sanctuaries across south Mississippi, Christians received ashes as a token of penitence and mortality.
Ash Wednesday begins Lent to remind believers that only with God's help can they overcome their sin and suffering as human beings.