U.S. Christians Mark Start Of Lent With Ash Wednesday

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A woman smiles after receiving a cross of black ashes outside of a... News PhotoAdult,Ash,Ash Wednesday,Broadway - Manhattan,Catholicism,Horizontal,New York City,Receiving,Religion,Smiling,Spirituality,USA,WomenPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A woman smiles after receiving a cross of black ashes outside of a Catholic church along Broadway on Ash Wednesday on February 13, 2013 in New York City. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of pray and fasting for many Christians. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)