(Tim Jaynes, Staff)
Christians celebrated Ash Wednesday to begin the Lenten season. In observance of season, the Rev. Allen Shriver, pastor of the First Christian Church of Sikeston, applies ashes to Virginia Gremore's forehead. "Wearing ashes at the beginning of Lent is a long standing Christian custom," Shriver said. "It provides an excellent opportunity to witness the faith of others." He said ashes represent the sorrow Christians feel when they remember Christ's suffering.