For the first time this year, parishioners at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville received their ashes as they’re filing into the church. Here we see the Crucifix draped with purple pall for the Lenten season. Purple is the color of royalty, but it's also the color of mourning, which acknowledges both Christ's kingship over the world and His death.The purple pall also symbolizes a shroud because Christians are commemorating Jesus' death and burial. The coverings are removed after the Easter vigil to celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.