“Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection and repentance for Christians. About two million Christians in Alberta will join the worldwide church observing these 40 days, though their traditions may vary from person to person and from church to church.

“To all Christians marking Lent, I wish you a meaningful time in which you are strengthened and renewed in your faith. May you approach the celebration of Easter with humility, contrition and gratitude.”