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    Eve Blackwell faces the Rev. John A. Balicki as he applies ashes to her forehead during the Ash Wednesday Service at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waterville. Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting for Christians that begins the penitential season of Lent that leads to Easter.

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    Professor Dean Stubbert faces the Rev. John A. Balicki as ash is applied to Stubbert's forehead during the Ash Wednesday Service at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waterville. Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting for Christians that begins the penitential season of Lent that leads to Easter.

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    The Rev. Maciej Pawlowski walks towards the altar to start a lunch-time liturgy of the word with distribution of ashes service on Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Augusta. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter.

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    Joe Blackwell, center, receives communion during the Ash Wednesday Service at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waterville. Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting for Christians that begins the penitential season of Lent that leads to Easter.

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    Eve Blackwell reads from the Psalms during the Ash Wednesday service at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waterville. Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting for Christians that begins the penitential season of Lent that leads to Easter.

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    The Rev. John A. Balicki leads the Ash Wednesday service at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Waterville. Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting for Christians that begins the penitential season of Lent that leads to Easter.

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    GALLERY: Ash Wednesday 2020 - Kennebec Journal photo by Joe Phelan | of | Share this photo

    The Rev. Maciej Pawlowski leads prayers from behind the altar to start a lunch-time liturgy of the word with distribution of ashes service on Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Augusta. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter.

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    After getting ashes applied to his forehead, John Honas, walks back to his seat during a lunch-time liturgy of the word with distribution of ashes service on Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Augusta. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter.

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    The Rev. Maciej Pawlowski applies ashes to a parishioner's forehead during a lunch-time liturgy of the word with distribution of ashes service on Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Augusta. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter.

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    Altar server Ethan Frost, left, holds the book as The Rev. Maciej Pawlowski blesses ashes during a lunch-time liturgy of the word with distribution of ashes service on Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Augusta. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter.

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