St. Mary School hosts palm burning prayer service

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(LEFT) Father Dan Borgelt held a palm burning prayer service last week with the students at St. Mary School in Edgerton. Traditionally, the ashes for the Ash Wednesday service come from burning the palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration. Students brought many of the old palm fronds for the blessing. “Ashes are a biblical symbol of mourning and penance, and blessed ashes have been used in religious rituals since the time of Moses,” St. Mary Principal Julie Taylor said in a news release. “They also symbolize death and so remind us of our mortality. Thus when the minister uses their thumb to sign one of the faithful with the ashes on Ash Wednesday, they may say, ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.’” (RIGHT) From left, Leah Osborn, Morgan Cape, Elle Huard, and Christopher Lockwood are seen as old palms are collected to be burned.

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