El Pasoans Mark Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 5:23pm

EL PASO - The faithful all across El Paso gathered at churches today for Ash Wednesday, also the first day of Lent. It's one of the holiest times of the year for Christians.

Many gathered at the St. Pius Catholic Church in Central El Paso this morning, for Ash Wednesday services.

Deacon Jim Szostek said it's a time for all Christians to reflect on their lives.

“When you think about all the situations that are in the world today, like in Libya and Egypt, and even in our sister city of Juarez. I think we really need to think about who we are and what we're here for,” said the deacon.

Some said the day should serve as a reminder of how short life is.

“We try to remember where we come from and where we will return. We're short-lived,” said John Cordova.

One woman told us she will use Lent as an opportunity to pray for the safety of people in Juarez.

“Some people [are] being killed and I'm going to be praying for them and for their families,” stated Susana Gutierrez.

Many churches throughout El Paso are holding Ash Wednesday services throughout the day.

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