ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On Ash Wednesday, the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods held a special mass for the occasion.

Representing the beginning of lent, a 40-day period observing Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, Ash Wednesday holds significance for many people.

On Ash Wednesday, people are often marked with the sign of the cross. Chaplain Terry Johnson commented on the importance and symbol of the marking on Ash Wednesday.

“As a sign of our humanity, that we’re human people and that we’ll continue on the journey with everybody else to learn how to be good and to love god, and to love our neighbor as much as we’re able in this world,” said Johnson.

The lent season leads to Easter Sunday.