Ash Wednesday ushers in 40 days of Lent as LA archbishop offers prayers that will be live-streamed

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez (Courtesy photo)

LOS ANGELES — Christians throughout the Southland will observe Ash Wednesday today, ushering in the 40-day season of Lent, when the faithful prepare for Easter by doing penance for sins and seeking spiritual renewal through prayer, discipline and good works.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of penance. A minister or priest marks the forehead of each participant...

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