Today marks the start of Lenten season, Ash Wednesday


WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 18: Jan Ali prays during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. On Ash Wednesday, Catholics around the globe observe the beginning of Lent and observe the date with fasting and receiving ashes on their foreheads in the Sign of the Cross as a symbol of penance and conversion. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Exit Fat Tuesday, enter Ash Wednesday.

The season of Lent begins today.

Chicago Catholics will wear their faith by receiving ashes on their foreheads as a symbol of penance.

The first Ash Wednesday mass at Holy Name Cathedral begins at 8 a.m. Archbishop Blase Cupich will be the celebrant.

Cupich will celebrate another mass this afternoon for students at UIC.

For Christians on the go, several religious groups will provide “Ashes to Go.”

This morning between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at 63rd and Wentworth, Pastor Dwayne Grant of the Xperience Church will greet commuters at the Red Line Station and administer the Ash Wednesday sacrament.

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