Newborn newcomer: Elisabeth Blalock watches as her 10-day-old son Bruce gets the sign of the cross in ash on his forehead for the very first time from Fr. Derek Lappe of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton, Wash., on Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time when Christians prepare for Easter through acts of penitence and prayer.

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