Ashes to Go offered on Wednesday

Miranda GreerMar 01, 2017

Ash Wednesday - the tradition of marking the sign of the cross with ashes on foreheads marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians.

David's United Church of Christ in Kettering is offering "Ashes To Go" for the sixth year.

- St. Mary's in Tuxedo Episcopal Church will take Ash Wednesday to the streets on Wednesday, March 1.

"We looked at the situation on the ground.People and families are on the move all the time", Fr Mooney told the paper.

The service will being at noon, however, ashes will be imposed until 1:00 p.m.

"We talk about Christmas and Easter as certainly being the most sacred and most attended events during the year, but Ash Wednesday is not even a day of obligation". Anyone can go to the church's parking lot, receive their ashes and be on their way.

"I think it's really important for the church to respond to the intolerance and culture of fear that is being created especially toward LGBTQ people" said April Gutierrez, Berry United Methodist Pastor.

He said although Lent was a penitential season, it was also a joyful season. The "Glitter Ash Wednesday" initiative was created by the NY faith-based organization "Parity".

He pointed out the need to practice abstinence, fasting and constant prayers in observing the Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent.

The somber occasionbegins a 40-day period when Christians are asked to think about the central belief of their faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus, said the Rev. Donald Senior, president emeritus of the Catholic Theological Union based in Chicago.

"It reminds us that we come from dust, and to dust we shall return", he said.

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