Lent begins Wednesday with Ash Wednesday

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Wednesday marks the first day of Lent on the Christian calendar -- also known Ash Wednesday.

Some parishioners in the area, like the ones at Saint Mary Cathedral in Lansing, will receive the sign of the cross in ashes on their foreheads.

Mass at Saint Mary's is set for 8 a.m. and 12:05.

There's also one later in the day at 5:15 p.m.

Lent is 40-days long. People often use the time to pray, fast, or give up something ahead of Easter.