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And Lent begins

John and Debbie Raber of Long Island, N.Y., hold their daughter. Riley. inside St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church on Wednesday during Mass on Ash Wednesday. Riley will turn 1 next Thursday. "She was actually born on last year's Ash Wednesday, it was really special," said Debbie.
John and Debbie Raber of Long Island, N.Y., hold their daughter. Riley. inside St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church on Wednesday during Mass on Ash Wednesday. Riley will turn 1 next Thursday. "She was actually born on last year's Ash Wednesday, it was really special," said Debbie.

Ash Wednesday, in the Western Christian calendar, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days (40 days not counting Sundays) before Easter, according to Wikipedia.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the Catholic practice of placing ashes on the foreheads as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are typically gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.

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