Laura Seitz, Deseret Morning News
Giordano Cuatto of Salt Lake City receives ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the sacred 40-day season leading up to Easter on March 23.

Giordano Cuatto of Salt Lake City receives ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the sacred 40-day season leading up to Easter on March 23. The ashes were made from palms used in Sunday's service and holy water. Similar services were held at churches throughout the valley.