Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent –March 1, this year. The name derives from specific passages in the Hebrew Scriptures and the ancient practice of wearing “sackcloth and ashes” as symbols of repentance. On March 1, we will join Christians from all over the world to begin our Lenten Journey with worship and the imposition of ashes. In the sign of the cross, these ashes remind us of our mortality and dependence upon God. Lent is not the most exciting time of year for most of us. It is, however, a season we need – a season for reflection, repentance and focusing on the cross.