Ash Wednesday in St. Louis
Date: 2/22/2012 Album ID: 1420276
The beginning of Lent is marked by Ash Wednesday. St. Louisians celebrated the day at church, in makeshift spaces near office workers and even on the street corner.
The Rev. Jacquelyn Foster of Compton Heights Christian Church, the Rev. Dennis Smart of St. John's Episcopal Church (center), and the Rev. Robert Hagel of Tyler Place Presbyterian Church (right) cross the street at the corner of Arsenal St. and Grand Blvd. in St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. The group walked around the neighborhood offering ashes to anyone who wanted it for Ash Wednesday. Five neighborhood churches participated in Ashes to Go. It's available for everyone. The only question we ask is their name so that we can speak directly to them, Foster said. 
Photo by Emily Rasinski,  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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The Rev. Jacquelyn Foster of Compton Heights Christian Church place ashes on Wayne Wright at the corner of Arsenal St. and Grand Blvd. in St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Wright stopped for Ashes on the Go on his way home from Forest Park Community College. I knew it was Lent and had to go to Mass tonight and this was like God answering my call, Wright said, who is looking for a church to join. Five neighborhood churches were represented on the corner. Also pictured is the Rev. Dennis Smart, a retired priest from St. John's Episcopal Church. 
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The Rev. Jacquelyn Foster of Compton Heights Christian Church holds the hand of Wayne Wright after she placed ashes on his forehead when he stopped on his bike at the corner of Arsenal St. and Grand Blvd. in St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Wright stopped for Ashes to Go on his way home from Forest Park Community College. I knew it was Lent and had to go to Mass tonight and this was like God answering my call, Wright said, who is looking for a church to join. Five neighborhood churches were represented on the corner. 
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The Rev. Samuel Voth Schrag of St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship places ashes on Jonathan Danieley and his daughter Lucille Danieley, 13 months, while his wife the Rev. Teresa K. M. Danieley of St. Johns Episcopal Church looks on as they participate in Ashes to Go at the corner of Arsenal St. and Grand Blvd. in St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Five Tower Grove neighborhood churches were represented. 
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The Rev. Christopher Davis of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (left), the Rev. Teresa K. M. Danieley of St. John's Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Samuel Voth Schrag of St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship pray with Bryan Cather after he received ashes at the corner of Arsenal St. and Grand Blvd. in St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Five Tower Grove neighborhood churches were represented in Ashes to Go. 
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The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, left, makes a cross with ashes on the forehead of worshipers taking part in an Ash Wednesday service at One Metropolitan Square in the old Kemoll's restaurant space on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.  About 40 people attended the service called Ashes at the Office.  This is the second year the service has taken place.  They will continue to hold prayer services every Wednesday at 12:05 pm.
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Students drop off their Lent resolutions after the morning Ash Wednesday prayer service in the gymnasium on February 22, 2012 at St. Gabriel the Archangel School in St. Louis. During the service, students buried a banner with the word Alleluia to represent the absence of it during the Lent. It was preceded by the students ringing bells to represent a joyous sound before the burial. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com
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A basket holds the Lent resolutions of students, including one that says don't eat chips, on February 22, 2012 at St. Gabriel the Archangel School in St. Louis.. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com
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