Bronx Christians mark start of Lent with Ash Wednesday Masses

Services conclude with the distribution of ashes, which

Services conclude with the distribution of ashes, which are worn in the shape of a cross on your forehead. (March 5, 2014 12:14 PM)

Christians observed Ash Wednesday, marking the start of Lent. 

All Ash Wednesday services concluded with the distribution of ashes, which are worn on a forehead in the shape of a cross. The cross symbolizes sinfulness and a need for penance, while the ashes represent mortality. 

The season of Lent lasts for 40 days with a focus on sacrifice. Many in the Bronx say they’ll give...

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