March 1, 2006
Thousands of parishioners across the world acknowledged Ash Wednesday. The Catholic holiday marks the first day of lent which lasts until Easter.
Worshippers are encouraged to fast while they reflect on their sins. Over at the Church of the Incarnation a larger then usual crowd showed up for mass. It's tradition for worshippers to wear the cross of ashes on their forehead.
"The ashes that we accept on our foreheads today remind us that we are not God, rather that we are creatures fashioned from the stuff of the earth by God's loving hands," said Deacon Chris Morash of the Church of the Incarnation.
At the Vatican, Pope Benedict urged people to use the time during lent to share with the needy.