Ash Wednesday under Covid restrictions – in pictures

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  • Ash Wednesday mass at Tegucigalpa Cathedral in Honduras

    Ash Wednesday mass at Tegucigalpa Cathedral in Honduras
  • An ‘Ash and Dash’ drive-through event at Faith Lutheran Church in White Oak, Pittsburgh, US

    An ‘Ash and Dash’ drive-through event at Faith Lutheran Church in White Oak, Pittsburgh, US
  • Residents make pancakes over a wood fire at Valennes, in north-west France. The traditional event on Ash Wednesday is usually part of a carnival which was cancelled this year

    Residents make pancakes over a wood fire at Valennes, in north-west France
  • Six-year-old Annalee Corcoran receives ashes from her Aunty Maria outside their home in Meakstown, Dublin, Ireland. Covid-19 restrictions are preventing ashes being received in church buildings as Ireland remains in level five lockdown

    Six-year-old Annalee Corcoran receives ashes from her Aunty Maria outside their home in Meakstown, Dublin, Ireland
  • Catholic priest Adrian Magnait distributes sachets of blessed ash and prayer pamphlets outside the Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish church in Caloocan, the Philippines

    Catholic priest Adrian Magnait distributes sachets of blessed ash and prayer pamphlets outside the Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish church in Caloocan, the Philippines
  • The Rev Nicola Sullivan delivers an outdoor Ash Wednesday service at Southwell Minster in Nottingham, England

    The Rev Nicola Sullivan delivers an outdoor Ash Wednesday service at Southwell Minster in Nottingham, England
  • A young boy attends a service at St Teresa’s Church, in Chennai, India

    A young boy attends a service at St Teresa’s Church, in Chennai, India
  • A Catholic worshipper prays during the Ash Wednesday service at the San Salvador Cathedral, in El Salvador

    A Catholic worshipper prays during the Ash Wednesday service at the San Salvador Cathedral, in El Salvador
  • Ash Wednesday mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy

    Ash Wednesday mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy
  • Head verger, Charlie Brown, burns palm crosses from last year’s Palm Sunday in the nave of Ripon Cathedral, in Yorkshire, England. The ash will be sprinkled on worshipers as a token of penitence

    Head verger, Charlie Brown, burns palm crosses from last year’s Palm Sunday in the nave of Ripon Cathedral, in Yorkshire, England. The ash will be sprinkled on worshipers as a token of penitence
  • Hand sanitiser and tokens to mark seating positions are provided for members of the congregation at the entrance to the quire of Ripon Cathedral

    Hand sanitiser and tokens to mark seating positions are provided for members of the congregation at the entrance to the quire of Ripon Cathedral
  • An outdoor service takes place at Baclaran church in Parañaque, the Philippines, on 17 February

    An outdoor service takes place at Baclaran church in Parañaque, the Philippines, on 17 February
  • A woman collects an envelope of ashes at Carlow Cathedral in Co Carlow, Ireland. The Catholic church has urged people to celebrate Ash Wednesday at home

    A woman collects an envelope of ashes at Carlow Cathedral in Co Carlow, Ireland. The Catholic church has urged people to celebrate Ash Wednesday at home
  • Ashes on a cotton swab at a drive-through Ash Wednesday service at Munholland United Methodist Church in Metairie, Louisiana, US

    Ashes on a cotton swab at a drive-through Ash Wednesday service at Munholland United Methodist Church in Metairie, Louisiana, US
  • A woman receives ashes at the drive-through service in Metairie

    A woman receives ashes at the drive-through service in Metairie
  • Cardinal John Njue marks a cross on the forehead of a man during mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Nairobi, Kenya

    Cardinal John Njue marks a cross on the forehead of a man during mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Pope Francis leads Catholics into Lent with the Ash Wednesday mass at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Italy

    Pope Francis leads Catholics into Lent with the Ash Wednesday mass at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Italy
  • Members of the Espiritu family, who are unable to attend holy mass, receive ashes sprinkled on their head by a priest as part of Covid-19 health protocols at their home in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Members of the Espiritu family, who are unable to attend holy mass, receive ashes sprinkled on their head by a priest
  • A child receives sacramental bread at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    A child receives sacramental bread at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ashes are sprinkled on the heads of followers at a Catholic church in Dili, East Timor

    Ashes are sprinkled on the heads of followers at a Catholic church in Dili, East Timor
  • Joe Joyce with takeaway pots of ashes outside his shop in Clonmany, Co Donegal, Ireland. The local shop packaged the palm frond ashes in individual sauce pots and delivered them to the local church where they were blessed by the priest and set out with instructions for parishioners

    Joe Joyce with takeaway pots of ashes outside his shop in Clonmany, Co Donegal, Ireland
  • Young girls attand mass at Saint Pierre Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    Young girls attand mass at Saint Pierre Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Wearing gloves for protection, a Christian lights a candle at a church in Metro Manila, the Philippines

    Wearing gloves for protection, a Christian lights a candle at a church in Metro Manila, the Philippines
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