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Heidi Johns, associate pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, administers ashes to a commuter during Ashes to Go at the Glen Ellyn train station on Wednesday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Father Manny Borg of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Elk Grove Village disperses ashes to an unidentified commuter at the Cary Metra Station Wednesday February 13, 2013.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Father Terry Keehan with Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Inverness holds a bowl of ashes as he gives commuters ashes for Ash Wednesday at the Palatine train station.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Patrick Daniels of Schaumburg receives ashes from Father Terry Keehan with Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Inverness for Ash Wednesday at the Palatine train station.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Father Manny Borg of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Elk Grove Village disperses ashes to an unidentified commuter at the Cary Metra Station Wednesday February 13, 2013.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Father Terry Keehan with Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Inverness gives Roman Golash of Palatine ashes for Ash Wednesday inside the Palatine train station.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Kristin Progar of Glen Ellyn receives ashes from Charisse Jensen, a seminary intern with Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, during Ashes to Go at the Glen Ellyn train station on Wednesday. Michael Progar, left, awaits his turn.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Sean Cunningham, 8, left, and his sister Erin, 11, both of Arlington Heights volunteered helping Father Terry Keehan with Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Inverness give commuters ashes for Ash Wednesday at the Palatine train station.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Tim McChesney of Inverness receives ashes from Father Terry Keehan with Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Inverness for Ash Wednesday at the Palatine train station.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Rev. Patti Snickenberger, from St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, places ashes on the forehead of Jillian Walther, of Libertyville, on Ash Wednesday at the Libertyville Metra Station as part of the "Ashe To Go" program. This is part of a nationwide movement for clergy to visit transit stops, street corners and other public places to help people participate in the religious observance.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Tonya Sinko of Crystal Lake ask Father Terry Keehan with Holy Family Catholic Community Church in Inverness to give her ashes on her hand for Ash Wednesday at the Palatine train station.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Commuter Alex Burnett, of Libertyville, has ashes placed on his forehead by Rev. Patti Snickenberger, from St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, on Ash Wednesday at the Libertyville Metra Station as part of the "Ashe To Go" program. This is part of a nationwide movement for clergy to visit transit stops, street corners and other public places to help people participate in the religious observance.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Father Manny Borg of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Elk Grove Village makes his way to the train tracks to disperse ashes to commuters at the Cary Metra Station Wednesday February 13, 2013.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

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Deacon Liz Meade of St. Charles Episcopal Church quickly administers ashes to a commuter headed to her train at the Geneva Metra station Wednesday morning. The church has been doing Ashes To Go at the site for the past three years.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Rev. Patti Snickenberger, from St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville, places ashes on the forehead of train commuter Pat Vavrina, of Ingleside, on Ash Wednesday at the Libertyville Metra Station as part of the "Ashe To Go" program. This is part of a nationwide movement for clergy to visit transit stops, street corners and other public places to help people participate in the religious observance.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Steven Illingworth of Glen Ellyn receives ashes from The Rev. George Smith during Ashes to Go at the Glen Ellyn train station on Wednesday,

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Father Manny Borg of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Elk Grove Village disperses ashes to Kelly McGuigan of Lake in the Hills as she starts her commute at the Cary Metra Station Wednesday February 13, 2013.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 2/13/2013 9:53 AM

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All around the suburbs, people received ashes as part of Ash Wednesday. Some received ashes at their local churches while others received them in more non-traditional locations such as Metra stations. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent.
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