Many Christian churches, the world over, mark the beginning of the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday services. Most often celebrated by Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches, this time of reflection and fasting begins the 40 days leading up to Holy Week and Easter. An excellent resume of the history and significance of Lent is here . If you’ve never experienced an Ash Wednesday service, I urge you to do so. Many Anchorage churches offer services. Using the following words to do a Google search, I located many Anchorage churches conducting Ash Wednesday services today. “ash wednesday services 2010 anchorage alaska” Substitute your city and state if you are not from Anchorage, Alaska.