True The Revs. Jean Denton (back) and Andy Shamel (foreground) trace crosses with ashes on people's foreheads during Ashes on the Go on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, outside Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis. The Rev. Denton, from St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 62nd and Meridian streets, and The Rev. Shamel, from CCC, were part of the third shift of ministers (with The Rev. Grace Burton Edwards of Trinity Episcopal Church, below) offering ashes to passersby on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Alex Farris
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As a cradle Catholic, I suppose I should have expected that a church hymn should get stuck in my head all day today. ("We rise again from ashes, from the good we've failed to do...") Even without observing it in Mass, the front page of yesterday's Indianapolis Star stuck in my mind and kept the beginning of Lent apparent. The front page, by the way, had a story about the Episcopalian Christ Church Cathedral downtown, whose ministers planned to provide ashes for people too busy for a full service. "Lent is a time of spiritual renewal, a time of slowing down," CCC curate The Rev. Andy Shamel said in the Star's story, "but it's hard today to even get 20 minutes for lunch."

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The Revs. Jean Denton (back) and Andy Shamel (foreground) trace crosses with ashes on people's foreheads during Ashes on the Go on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, outside Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis. The Rev. Denton, from St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 62nd and Meridian streets, and The Rev. Shamel, from CCC, were part of the third shift of ministers (with The Rev. Grace Burton Edwards of Trinity Episcopal Church, below) offering ashes to passersby on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Alex Farris
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The Rev. Denton puts replacement ashes on The Rev. Gray Sesesne, canon at CCC. The Rev. Sesesne received ashes as he gave them during a shift earlier Wednesday. Alex Farris
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The Rev. Shamel used these "holy lemons," he said as a joke, for a purpose less ritual than practical: cleaning the ashes off his fingers. Alex Farris

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