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Ash Wednesday marks beginning of Lenten season

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"Ashes to go" at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland "Ashes to go" at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland
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It is Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of the Christian Lenten season.  

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.

At Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral, clergy took to the streets to give "ashes to go" because the church recognizes that everyone lives in a fast-paced and busy world.

Clergy members will be in front of the Cathedral on Euclid Avenue from 1-2 p.m. and again from 4-6 p.m.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fasting means the limiting of oneself to a single full meal per day.  All Catholics who have reached their 18th birthday and have not as yet reached their 60th birthday are obligated to fast.  Abstinence from meat begins for all Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday.

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