SAN ANTONIO - It's Ash Wednesday which means Christians are beginning the holy season of Lent.

You'll likely see many people with blackened ashes on their foreheads.

Throughout San Antonio, there are plenty of churches passing out ashes on Wednesday, like San Fernando Cathedral. Some are even hitting the street corners with ashes to go.

Lent is a season of 40 days where spiritual self-examination can turn into a more focused life in the Christian faith.

The tradition is to mark foreheads with ashes in the shape of a cross as a sign of mortality and repentance. The ashes represent our return to the dust after we die. The sign of the cross represents the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for sins and the salvation and repentance connected to his sacrifice.

While Ash Wednesday is just for a day, Lent lasts for the next 40 days and ends on Easter Sunday.

During Lent, many fast from distractions and food to priority their relationship with God.

San Fernando began their mass on Wednesday morning at 6 am. Throughout Wednesday, the church will provide ashes every hour on the hour.