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An invitation to prayer

Rev. Richard “Red” Stevens applies a cross of ashes to a parishioner’s forehead during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as a memento mori with the words “remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The act marks the start of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance.

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Rev. Richard “Red” Stevens applies a cross of ashes to a parishioner’s forehead during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as a memento mori with the words “remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The act marks the start of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance.



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Rev. Richard “Red” Stevens blesses the ashes that will be administered to parishioners during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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Wine, water and eucharistic hosts wait to be carried up to the altar and consecrated for communion.

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