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Ash Wednesday at St. Patrick’s – photo gallery included

About 300 parishioners celebrated Ash Wednesday mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley.

The ashes are made by burning the palm fronds that were blessed on Easter Sunday the year before. Parishioners typically leave the ashes on their foreheads – marked in the shape of a cross – until after sundown.

Ash Wednesday comes immediately after Shrove Tuesday and marks the first day of Lent – a time when worshipers fast and pray. Traditionally this is also a time to give up a vice, such as smoking or sugar. Lent ends after a period of 40 days on Easter Sunday.


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