Today is Ash Wednesday, which for Christians starts the season of Lent.
In services today, clergy are marking worshipers' foreheads with ashes, and intoning: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." As with all of Lent, the observance is one of penitence, sobriety and self-examination.
Lent lasts about 50 days, before Easter.
Here is a sampling of services in the area this evening:
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Holy Family Catholic Church, 320 12th St., 7 p.m.
St. Anne Catholic Church, 2000 Kay Circle, 6 p.m.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2100 Hilton Ave., 7 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1130 First Ave., 6:30 p.m.
Mother Mary Catholic Mission (Phenix City), 318 S. Seale Road, 7 p.m.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church (Phenix City), 1502 Broad St., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Spanish)