Some 2,000 area faithful filled the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Feb. 26 as Archbishop Nelson J. Perez celebrated Mass for Ash Wednesday.

In his homily, Archbishop Perez encouraged attendees to embrace Lent as an “incredible season of grace and blessing.”

Read’s feature article on the Mass, which includes the full audio of Archbishop Perez’s homily.

See Archbishop Perez’s pastoral message for Lent here.

(All photos by Gina Christian.)