And unto dust, you shall return

Monsignor Kurt Kemo, right, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Wintersville, makes a sign of the cross in ashes on the forehead of the Rev. Michael Gossett. Today is Ash Wednesday, which opens Lent, the period of penitence and fasting for Catholics and other Christian denominations. The ashes symbolize grief for sin and are made from the burning of palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. The priest applies the ashes saying, “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” Easter Sunday is April 1, 46 days from Ash Wednesday.

— Paul Giannamore