Christians observe beginning of Lent

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - For many Christians, Valentine's Day was a day to give up chocolate, because it was also a holy day marking the beginning of Lent.

Christians attended services for Ash Wednesday. As is custom, ashes were ceremoniously placed on foreheads in the shape of a cross.

"The mass itself, and even the distribution of ashes really speaks to it. We will hear the words 'remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.' It reminds us of our own mortality, we won't be here forever, and this season reminds us each year that we won't be here forever and each and every day we are called to grow closer to God," said Rev. Michael Brennan at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere.

Lent is a season of fasting, prayer and personal improvement for six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday.