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.
Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna