Faithful mark start of Lent
Catholics abstain from meat on the seven Fridays of the Lenten season.
Good Friday, the Friday preceding Easter, marks the day of Christ’s crucifixion.
Lent is also a time many people give up some enjoyable habit or activity and replace it with spiritual pursuits. It is widely observed in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religions and in some Protestant denominations like the Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Gary Bernhardt, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston, said the period began as a retreat time for those who were entering service with the church.