Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time when Christians commit to acts of penitence and prayer in preparation for Easter Sunday.
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A woman receives ashes from a priest during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Baltimore, on March 5, 2014.
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A woman prays at St. Patrick's Cathedral, on March 5, 2014 in New York.
First published March 5 2014, 12:38 PM