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At right, Fr. Francis Lazer places ashes on the forehead of Bobby Garcia this morning at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Ash Wednesday marks the opening of the Lenten season and is traditionally observed as a holiday day of prayer and fasting.

Lent is the six weeks of penitence prior to the arrival of the Easter holiday. Easter falls on Sunday, April 12, this year.