Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians.
Ash Wednesday is observed at churches worldwide.
Here in the Twin Tiers, the faithful flocked to parishes to receive blessed ashes.
This is a mass held at the St. Cyril and Methodius Church in Binghamton's First Ward.
The practice is symbolic of the suffering and of Christ.
Christians traditionally spend the day fasting and abstaining from meat for the same purpose.
"We want to do something to share our sharing in Christ visible to our sisters and brothers so that we know we're not alone," said Fr. Robert Amrhein. "We're not walking the way alone."
The forty-six day period of Lent ends with Easter Sunday.
This year, it is Sunday, April 24.