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Deacon Terry Givens places ashes on the head of a small boy during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church.  Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]
Deacon Terry Givens places ashes on the head of a small boy during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

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<strong>Mickey Reeves, left, holds a vessel containing holy water as the Rev. John Peter Swaminathan  offers a prayer before blessing the ashes with the water. The ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful the Mass. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]</strong>

Mickey Reeves, left, holds a vessel containing holy water as the Rev. John Peter Swaminathan offers a prayer before blessing the ashes with the water. The ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful the Mass. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d5e35a68ac4dd67be6b677a2d623a691.jpg" alt="Photo - Mickey Reeves, left, holds a vessel containing holy water as the Rev. John Peter Swaminathan offers a prayer before blessing the ashes with the water. The ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful the Mass. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] " title=" Mickey Reeves, left, holds a vessel containing holy water as the Rev. John Peter Swaminathan offers a prayer before blessing the ashes with the water. The ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful the Mass. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Mickey Reeves, left, holds a vessel containing holy water as the Rev. John Peter Swaminathan offers a prayer before blessing the ashes with the water. The ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful the Mass. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-319358262671f57cda5d3e26d4ca1d21.jpg" alt="Photo - Therese Stong spends time in silent prayer after receiving ashes Wednesday at St. Eugene Catholic Church. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] " title=" Therese Stong spends time in silent prayer after receiving ashes Wednesday at St. Eugene Catholic Church. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Therese Stong spends time in silent prayer after receiving ashes Wednesday at St. Eugene Catholic Church. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9337daa1fd511bbf259c173a551ce2f6.jpg" alt="Photo - This man and woman wear ashes on their faces after after a minister traced a cross with moist ashes on their foreheads during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. Using their thumb, a minister traces a cross, made of moistened ashes, on the face of worshipers during the service. Lent is a period of 40 days which precedes Easter in the Christian calendar. For many, Lent is a season of reflection, repentance and renewal, with emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. " title="This man and woman wear ashes on their faces after after a minister traced a cross with moist ashes on their foreheads during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. Using their thumb, a minister traces a cross, made of moistened ashes, on the face of worshipers during the service. Lent is a period of 40 days which precedes Easter in the Christian calendar. For many, Lent is a season of reflection, repentance and renewal, with emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. "><figcaption>This man and woman wear ashes on their faces after after a minister traced a cross with moist ashes on their foreheads during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. Using their thumb, a minister traces a cross, made of moistened ashes, on the face of worshipers during the service. Lent is a period of 40 days which precedes Easter in the Christian calendar. For many, Lent is a season of reflection, repentance and renewal, with emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman. </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2fabfb8c5e862ff345dfeb282d2e5943.jpg" alt="Photo - Deacon Terry Givens places ashes on the head of a small boy during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] " title=" Deacon Terry Givens places ashes on the head of a small boy during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> Deacon Terry Givens places ashes on the head of a small boy during a noon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Eugene Catholic Church. Millions of Christians around the world attended services on Wednesday to observe the beginning of the Lenten season. [Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
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