Father Gordon Kamai Christ Church Anglican performed an Ash Wednesday service at the Little Church on the Hill in Oakhurst March 5. The ceremony, held on the first day of Lent on the Christian calendar, includes rubbing ashes on the forehead of those participating.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human morality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.
More than 60 adults and children received ashes including four-month-old identical twins, Bailey and Brooke Phillips, and their three sisters Angelica, Ashlan, and Autumn. The children are the daughters of Eric and Tania Phillips of Oakhurst.