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Ash Wednesday marks beginning of Lenten season

"Ashes to go" at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland "Ashes to go" at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It is Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of the Christian Lenten season.  

The 46-day religious practice lasts until midnight on Easter Sunday. 

During this time, chiefly Catholics; although many Christians observe it also, will give up something, such as their favorite food or activities. 

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the palm crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.

In Rocky River, there is a rush-hour drive-thru option at Rocky River United Methodist Church

Ashes will be administered by the pastors in the front circle of the church, 19414 Detroit Avenue, Rocky River, Ohio on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. People need only to drive up and open their windows. 

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