Bronx Christians mark start of Lent with Ash Wednesday Masses

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

Services conclude with the distribution of ashes, which are worn in the shape of a cross on your forehead.

Services conclude with the distribution of ashes, which are worn in the shape of a cross on your forehead. (3/5/14)

THE BRONX - 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 something up, such as sweets, for the entire period, while others will focus on doing something good.

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