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Minerva Alvarez, 10, prepares to receive ashes on her forehead, a traditional symbol of a new beginning. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Church, marked by services of penitence. Fr. Jesus Manuel Galvez led parishioners in an afternoon Mass at Christ the King Parish in Salinas. Rosa Molina, at right, is one of several faithful who helped administer the ceremony.
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