More Protestants turn to Ash Wednesday: a somber season begins in preparation for Easter
By RICHARD VARA
Feb. 6, 2008
Roman Catholics grow up hearing the words on Ash Wednesday as they receive a sign of the cross in ashes on their foreheads:
"For dust you are and to dust you will return."
But Christians at many Protestant churches around the city will be hearing those words from Genesis 3:19 today as they, too, are marked by ashes on the first day of Lent, the 40-day somber season leading to Easter.