Actor Mark Wahlberg kicked off the Lenten season by going to church on Ash Wednesday and followed that with a prayer for his 12 million followers on Instagram.
Ash Wednesday is traditionally known as the start of the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Catholic clergy often share with parishioners that the ritual is a reminder to followers that they’re made from dust and will one day return to dust.
“It’s here, one of my favorite times of the year, Happy Ash Wednesday to everybody,” Wahlberg said in an Instagram video. “Make sure if you’re Catholic that you go get your ashes.”
The Boston native then proceeded to pray God’s blessings over his 12 million followers.
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“God bless everybody, all religions, all walks of life, lots of prayers going out for everybody,” the “Instant Family” star said.
“Looking forward to Easter coming up soon but God bless you all in this Lent season, God bless you always,” he continued.
Historically, “Lent was a time of repentance, but more and more churches are using Ash Wednesday as a day to reflect on mortality itself,” NPR reported.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law