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    Friday, October 07, 2022

    Ash Wednesday services during COVID-19

    Parochial Vicar Father Henry Agudelo sprinkles ashes on the head of a parishioner during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in New London. Sprinkling ashes on the head rather than on the forehead was one of the changes during the service along with social distancing with every other row of pews blocked off with yellow tape, spaces marked with tape on the center and side aisle floors and parishioners wearing masks. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Parochial Vicar Father Henry Agudelo sprinkles ashes on the head of a parishioner during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in New London.

    Sprinkling ashes on the head rather than on the forehead was one of the changes during the service along with social distancing with every other row of pews blocked off with yellow tape, spaces marked with tape on the center and side aisle floors and parishioners wearing masks.

    (L-R) Brothers Matthew, Lucas and Daniel Cruz of New London and other members of their family, in background, sit in socially distanced rows during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in New London. Other changes to the service was sprinkling ashes on the head rather than on the forehead, wearing masks and socially distanced spaces marked on the floor with tape in the center and side aisles. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Parishioners stand socially distanced, following the taped off spaces on the floor of the center aisle as they wait in line to receive ashes while others sit socially distanced in every other pew with the others blocked off with yellow tape during the Ash Wednesday service at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in New London. Another change to the service was the sprinkling of ashes on the head rather than being placed on the forehead and wearing of masks. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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