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Published on February 28th, 2020 | by University Communications

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University Campus marks start of Lent on Ash Wednesday

Saint Leo University marked the beginning of the Lenten season, on Ash Wednesday, February 26, with Mass at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the university’s Saint Jude Chapel. Blessed ashes were distributed at both Masses.

Father Kyle Smith, university chaplain, distributed ashes during Mass and following the 11:30 a.m. Mass. University Ministry also hosted a Fat Tuesday event on February 25, which marks the day before Lent begins. Students stopped by the Student Activities Building loggia for a treat before beginning their fast on Wednesday.

During Lent, everyone is welcome to participate in prayer, fasting, and giving to those need, so that they may fully join in the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ at Easter.

Those receiving ashes are reminded, “Repent and be faithful to the Gospel, and “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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