Burning palms for Ash Wednesday at St. Ann

Fr. Mel O. Portula (at left), pastor of St. Ann Church in Arlington, oversees the burning of last year's blessed palms to be used as ashes this Ash Wednesday. Blessed palms may not be thrown away. GEORGE GOSS | CATHOLIC HERALD
Last year's blessed palms are burned in a firepit at St. Ann Church in Arlington March 5. GEORGE GOSS | CATHOLIC HERALD
Parishioners gather near the statue of St. Ann with the Blessed Mother as a child to watch the palms being burned. GEORGE GOSS | CATHOLIC HERALD
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