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

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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Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.