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SALT LAKE CITY — Darlin Garay, a medical assistant on the kidney transplant team at Primary Children's Hospital, receives ashes from spiritual care volunteer Mary Jane Morris at the hospital's chapel in Salt Lake City on Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter, often observed as a time of reflection and an acknowledgment of darkness before the coming of light.

Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians and some Baptists.

Christians mark the first day of Lent with Ash Wednesday

The stained glass window behind Garay and Morris is from a home originally owned by Orson Hyde. In 1922, the home was turned into the LDS Children's Convalescent Home and Day Nursery, the precursor to today's hospital.

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