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Ash Wednesday in Great Falls

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So you may be wondering why you have seen some folks with what looks like dirt on their foreheads, but, no, they don't have a dirty forehead, they are actually taking part in a longtime tradition.

Members of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation stood alongside 3rd Street South and Central Avenue, offering ashes to anyone willing to be apart of this ancient tradition.  Ash Wednesday is the official start of Lent, a 40-day fast.   And as Father Timothy Ljunggern explains, it's a time to look inwards, and find better ways to serve God during the time of Lent, but he says it is not always about what you give up.

"I kind of like to really encourage people not to give up stuff necessarily, but maybe to take things on like maybe to go and volunteer some time at The Rescue Mission, or to see how they can help out at the YWCA Mercy Home."

Lent typically occurs 46 days before Easter, though six of those days are Sundays, which are not included in the fasting period.  Also, Lent usually involves refraining from eating meat on Fridays, and Ash Wednesday itself.

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