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  • Rev. Emily Mellott waves to commuters on the train as it pulls out of the Lombard station Wednesday. She was on hand to distribute ashes to commuters on Ash Wednesday.

       Rev. Emily Mellott waves to commuters on the train as it pulls out of the Lombard station Wednesday. She was on hand to distribute ashes to commuters on Ash Wednesday.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Kristin Krol, left, and Tom O'Hara, center, both from Lombard, receive ashes from Rev. Emily Mellot, right, before getting on their train Wednesday. A program offered by Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard called Ashes To Go, brought ashes for Ash Wednesday to commuters Wednesday at Lombard's commuter station. Reverend Emily Mellott, pastor of Calvary Episcopal was on hand in vestments along with several other assistants to read a brief prayer and place ashes on the foreheads of any commuter who wished, and had time before dashing off to the trains.

       Kristin Krol, left, and Tom O'Hara, center, both from Lombard, receive ashes from Rev. Emily Mellot, right, before getting on their train Wednesday. A program offered by Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard called Ashes To Go, brought ashes for Ash Wednesday to commuters Wednesday at Lombard's commuter station. Reverend Emily Mellott, pastor of Calvary Episcopal was on hand in vestments along with several other assistants to read a brief prayer and place ashes on the foreheads of any commuter who wished, and had time before dashing off to the trains.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Bill Nesbit from St. Charles Episcopal Church administers ashes to commuters at the Geneva Metra station on Ash Wednesday.

       Rev. Bill Nesbit from St. Charles Episcopal Church administers ashes to commuters at the Geneva Metra station on Ash Wednesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Nesbit administers ashes to commuter Joy Saris of Geneva at the Geneva Metra station on Ash Wednesday.

       Rev. Nesbit administers ashes to commuter Joy Saris of Geneva at the Geneva Metra station on Ash Wednesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • The Rev. M.E. Eccles, associate rector with St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights offered the imposition of ashes to morning commuters at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station on Wednesday. Rev. Eccles said about 35 commuters got the sign of the cross.

      The Rev. M.E. Eccles, associate rector with St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights offered the imposition of ashes to morning commuters at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station on Wednesday. Rev. Eccles said about 35 commuters got the sign of the cross.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Rick Kile, who works in downtown Arlington Heights, receives the imposition of ashes from Rev. Eccles at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station on Wednesday.

      Rick Kile, who works in downtown Arlington Heights, receives the imposition of ashes from Rev. Eccles at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station on Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Eccles offers the imposition of ashes to commuter Mary Lou Gleason of Arlington Heights at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station on Wednesday.

      Rev. Eccles offers the imposition of ashes to commuter Mary Lou Gleason of Arlington Heights at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station on Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Beach Park resident John Anderson receives ashes from Rev. Clyde Elledge of Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church in Gurnee Wednesday morning at the Waukegan Metra station.

       Beach Park resident John Anderson receives ashes from Rev. Clyde Elledge of Annunciation of Our Lady Episcopal Church in Gurnee Wednesday morning at the Waukegan Metra station.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Waukegan resident Mary Villa recieves ashes Wednesday morning at the Waukegan Metra station.

       Waukegan resident Mary Villa recieves ashes Wednesday morning at the Waukegan Metra station.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Elledge waits for the arrival of a train to distribute ashes to commuters Wednesday morning at the Waukegan Metra station.

       Rev. Elledge waits for the arrival of a train to distribute ashes to commuters Wednesday morning at the Waukegan Metra station.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Father Geoffrey Wirth distributes ashes during Ash Wednesday mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Elgin Wednesday.

       Father Geoffrey Wirth distributes ashes during Ash Wednesday mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Elgin Wednesday.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • Father Wirth distributes ashes to first-grade student Isabel Galla during Ash Wednesday mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Elgin Wednesday.

       Father Wirth distributes ashes to first-grade student Isabel Galla during Ash Wednesday mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Elgin Wednesday.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

 

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