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February 11, 2016

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Christians observe Ash Wednesday

Wednesday  was  Ash Wednesday, the day many Christians mark as the first day of Lent, the time of reflection and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday. Clergy all over the world dispense ashes, usually made by burning the palm fronds distributed on the previous  year’s  Palm Sunday, making the sign of the cross on the bowed foreheads before them. As they “impose” or “dispense” the ashes, the pastor or priest reminds each Christian of Genesis 3:19: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return.”  In the photo, Minnie Stovall, pastor of Talladega First United Methodist Church, imposes ashes on church members.

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