Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Members of Mansfield United Methodist Church, from left, Patty Leathers, Mary Barnes and Mary Hayes commemorate the beginning of the Lenten season on Wednesday with a special service. Ash Wednesday is celebrated worldwide to mark the 40 days leading up to Easter. Many decide to give up something or take on a new challenge for those 40 days as a reminder of the sacrificial death of Christ.