Christians prepare for Lent

February 24, 2009 4:21:13 PM PST
Wednesday is the first day of Lent.On Tuesday, congregations are getting prepared for Ash Wednesday services with the burning of the palms.

Parishioners sang outside Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday. Palm branches from last year's Palm Sunday services were burned during a prayer service on this Shrove Tuesday.

The ashes will be placed on the forehead of worshippers on Tuesday during Ash Wednesday services which is the first day of Lent.