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Christians around the world observing the Western calendar mark the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday observances.

Published: February 13, 2013

St. James Episcopal Church layperson Grace Barnum administers ashes to Erica Richardson, as fellow layperson Ron Steed stands-by in front of Union Station in New London Wednesday, February 13, 2013 . This is the first time St. James has brought the tradition to the streets. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season of Lent in the western Christian calendar.

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