ash wednesday

Coast residents attend Ash Wednesday Mass

After Fat Tuesday, the Lenten season begins. For some parishioners on our Coast that means attending mass on Ash Wednesday. During a typical Ash Wednesday Mass, ashes are smeared across the foreheads of believers in the sign…

Local church offers ‘Ashes to Go’

The Wednesday after Mardi Gras is known as Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a Christian Holy Day of prayer and fasting. While Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day, many people still have to work…

Ash Wednesday: Ashes-to-go

With Fat Tuesday coming to an end, a rebirth of sorts will take place tomorrow. Ash Wednesday is celebrated around the world as the official start of Lent. Three pastors from three different churches come together in Long Beach on…

Coast restaurants prepare for Lent

Today marks the start of the Lenten season and local restaurants are gearing up for business. With most people not choosing to eat meat on Friday’s, seafood restaurants expect to see a spike in crowds. Gulfport resident Belinda Nelson said,…

What is used to make ashes for Ash Wednesday?

You might be wondering where the ashes come from that are used on Ash Wednesday. It might surprise you, but the process actually starts the year before. Palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned. They are then blessed…

Ashes to Go for Ash Wednesday

Convenience is key and that is just what this modern twist on Ash Wednesday is all about. Clergymen and women braved the cold this morning to host the sixth annual ‘Ashes to Go.’ Two wheels or four, all were welcome…

Ashes to Go

Today is the first day of Lent and members of some Christian denominations throughout the world are pouring into church for the traditional means of Blessing of the Ashes on this Ash Wednesday. One location in Long Beach doesn’t require…

Locals talk Lent sacrifices

Today is Ash Wednesday and that means it is now the start of Lent and the end of the Mardi Gras season. Some Gulfport residents attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church today to receive their ashes for the first…

Pastors Host "Ashes To-Go"

Three local pastors made sure residents on the move received their ashes this morning for the beginning of lent. News 25's Laurene Callander reports on the ashes to go service in Long Beach. A drive thru with a purpose... Three…

Catholics Observe Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, people go to mass to get ashes in the sign of a cross on their foreheads. News 25’s Gina Tomlinson went to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church to learn more about Ash Wednesday. “From dust we came, and…