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Photo Slideshow: ‘Ashes to Go’ meets commuters in Washington, D.C.

“Ashes to Go” has taken Ash Wednesday outdoors since 2007 and has become an international and interdenominational way to mark the start of Lent.

Washington Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, imposes ashes on Tom Lyons of Reston , Va., outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station in Washington, D.C., on Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014). RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and members of St. Paul’s Parish in Washington, D.C., imposed ashes on commuters and other passers-by on Ash Wednesday (March 5) near the Foggy Bottom Metro station in the nation’s capital. Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the period of penance and fasting preceding Easter.

Religion News Service photos by Adelle M. Banks

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