Receiving ashes

Kersha Grell, 22, from Baltimore receives ashes from Altar Server, John Patterson at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLWOR000016" title="Basilica of the Assumption" href="/topic/religion-belief/christianity/roman-catholicism/basilica-of-the-assumption-PLWOR000016.topic">Basilica of the Assumption</a> at the 7:30am mass. Ashes mark the beginning of the forty-day <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES0000049" title="Lent" href="/topic/religion-belief/christianity/lent-EVFES0000049.topic">Lenten</a> season which ends on Easter. Ashes are made from burnt palms from the prior year's Palm Sunday. The ashes are a reminder that we are dust and unto dust we shall return. They are also a reminder that from death, there is life, explains Rev. Msgr. Valenzano.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna / March 9, 2011 )

Kersha Grell, 22, from Baltimore receives ashes from Altar Server, John Patterson at the Basilica of the Assumption at the 7:30am mass. Ashes mark the beginning of the forty-day Lenten season which ends on Easter. Ashes are made from burnt palms from the prior year's Palm Sunday. The ashes are a reminder that we are dust and unto dust we shall return. They are also a reminder that from death, there is life, explains Rev. Msgr. Valenzano.

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