Brookyn Christians mark start of Lent with Ash Wednesday Masses

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)

BROOKLYN - Christians observed Ash Wednesday, marking the start of Lent. 

Crowds filled Catholic churches around the borough for Masses.

All Ash Wednesday services concluded with the distribution of ashes, which are worn on the 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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Neighborhood Brief for April 23
Police say they're investigating after a body was 2 Police: Man found dead inside vehicle
Police are searching for the suspect who they 3 Police search for suspect in string of burglaries
One person was injured and traffic was backed 4 1 injured in fiery crash along BQE near Union Street and Hamilton Ave.
Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered Saturday for the 5 New Yorkers get spicy at 5th annual Hot Sauce Expo

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE