CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

Clergy from the greek orthodox sect of Christianity stop to pray at the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, in honor of Ash Wednesday, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned. Feb 25, 2009 photo by Daniel Dreifuss/flash90 *** Local Caption *** ðöøåú ëåîø ãú ëðñéú ä÷áø

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