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    Portland Episcopal priests Rev. Ben Shambaugh, Rev. Larry Weeks and Rev. Richard Rasner gather in Monument Square in Portland to give ashes for Ash Wednesday.

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    Ezequiel Rubio receives ashes from Rev. Richard Rasner of St. Luke's Episcopal Cathredral in Monument Square. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent and takes place 46 days before Easter.

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    Susannah Dyro of Portland receives ashes for Ash Wednesday in Monument Square in Portland. The religious ritual involves the of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants.

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