Lent is the 40-day period preceding Easter, observed by Christian denominations. Ash Wednesday -- Feb. 13, 2013 -- marks the beginning of Lent for Western Christians.
These Fredericksburg churches are holding Ash Wednesday services.
Church of the Messiah - 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
St. George's Episcopal Church - 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.; 10:45 a.m. children's service.
St. Jude Catholic Church - 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception - 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
St. Patrick Catholic Church - 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church - 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Know of other Ash Wednesday services in the Fredericksburg area? Please tell us where and when in the comments section below.