Zion Lehigh Lutheran Church holds an Ash Wednesday communion service Feb. 13, marking the beginning of the season of Lent. The ashes are made from the palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. They are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. The ashes symbolize penance and contrition. The guest pastor was Rev. MaryAnn Hamm. PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
@$:Betsy Lichtenwalner receives ashes from Rev. MaryAnn Hamm as her daughter Abigail looks on.