Lent season is more than abstaining from certain habits.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the solemn time of Lent, said Lucas Flores, the director of communications for the Diocese of Lubbock.
“(Ash Wednesday is) where we prepare ourselves to journey toward the crucifixion of Jesus, especially to the resurrection of Easter,” he said.
During the 40-day season, Flores said, sometimes people can give something up, while others choose to focus on prayer and reflection or find some sort of service to helping others.
Pastor Jeremy Ullrich, pastor of Shepherd King Lutheran Church, said Ash Wednesday sets the tone for the season.
“(Ash Wednesday) is a service that reminds us of our mortality,” he said. “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. It reminds us that we are beloved dust — that we are both human, mortal and eventually we will return to God.”
Ullrich said everyone is the dust that was formed in Genesis in the Bible when God breathed life.
“We are dust, but also beloved dust,” he added. “It’s kind of sad in that way, but also holy at the same time.”
Flores said this is the one time of the year when the Diocese encourages people to go to confession to prepare for Easter.
Various parishes throughout the season have listings for dinner on Fridays during the season when people can’t eat meat, said Flores.
“There are two times during Lent where we’ll fast,” he said, “on Ash Wednesdays and Good Friday.”
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES, FEB. 14
St. Anthony Church — 7 a.m., English, 7 p.m. bilingual, 1902 Levelland Hwy., Brownfield.
St. William Church — 6 a.m., bilingual; 8:30 a.m. and noon, Spanish; 4 and 6 p.m., ashes only; 7:30 p.m., English; 8:30 p.m., Spanish; 401 Mustang Drive, Denver City.
St. Margaret Mary Church — 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., 908 S. Second St., Lamesa.
St. Michael’s Church — 8:30 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., ashes only, 316 E. Washington St., Levelland.
Christ the King Cathedral — 6:55 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 4011 54th St.
Holy Spirit Church — 7:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9821 Frankford Ave.
Our Lady of Grace — 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., 3111 Erskine St.
Our Lady of Guadalupe — 7 a.m., 6 p.m., Spanish; noon, ashes only; 7:30 p.m., English, 1120 52nd St.
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Slaton) — 6:30 p.m., 605 S. Fourth St.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles — 6 p.m., 409 Monroe Ave., New Deal.
St. Elizabeth — 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 2316 Broadway.
Kent Hance Chapel — 12:10 p.m., 17th Street and University Avenue.
St. John Neumann — Noon, 7 p.m., 5802 22nd St.
St. John the Baptist — 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9810 Indiana Ave., Ste. 150
St. Patrick Church — Noon and 7:30 p.m., 1603 Cherry Ave.
St. Theresa — Noon, 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 2202 Upland Ave.
St. Francis — 5:30 p.m., 305 Walnut St., Ropesville.
St. Joseph’s — 8:30 a.m., 205 S. 19th St., Slaton.
St. Elizabeth — 6 p.m., 3005 Ave. A., Slaton.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church — 7 p.m., 1706 Slide Road.
Christ Lutheran Church — 6:30 p.m., 7801 Indiana Ave.
Shepherd King Lutheran Church —