Ash Wednesday observances in jeopardy across Houston

There were already changes planned due to COVID-19. Now, the power and water emergency has added to the challenges.

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- It was already going to be a different experience. Now there are even more changes to Ash Wednesday observances across Houston and beyond. Churches are scaling back activities or canceling services altogether due to a lack of power and water in many places. You'll want to check with your place of worship before heading to any planned activities.

It's far from an all-inclusive list, but we have some of the changes we found in the area on ABC13.com. Ash Wednesday is not considered a holy day of obligation for many faiths. It's also known as a day of ashes, observed by most Catholics and some Protestant denominations. The occasion is marked literally by the practice of rubbing ashes on the forehead of practitioners in the Sign of the Cross. It's considered a day of prayer and marks the first day of Lent, the 40-day period leading to Easter. Pope Francis has called on the Catholic faithful this year to consider fasting from what he called a "media overload."