Washington area residents attended churches and other religious services on Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. For the faithful, placing ashes on the forehead is viewed as a sign of penitence.
Feb. 22, 2012 The Rev. Emanuel Lipscomb of Zion Baptist Church prays with a commuter in the District. About 20 members of Zion Baptist and Christ Lutheran churches met near 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW to offer prayers and ashes to morning commuters waiting at bus stops. Sarah L. Voisin/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo