"Ashes to Go" this Ash Wednesday
Between 3 and 6 pm on Ash Wednesday, March 5, St. Stephen's clergy will be out on the sidewalk in front of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (2750 McFarlane Road), offering ashes and a prayer to anyone stopping by, on foot or in a car. For those who are driving, simply pull into the parking lot.
Since the Middle Ages it has been the custom to start the 40 days of Lent by being marked with ashes in the sign of the cross. At St. Stephen's, special services are held on Ash Wednesday for that purpose. This year, in addition to two traditional services at 7 am and 7 pm, they'll be taking the "imposition of ashes," the reminder that we are vulnerable and in need of divine forgiveness, out to the street.
They believe that God meets us not just in worship, but in the midst of life, and they offer the opportunity to remember our faith to those whose schedules make it hard to stop and pray with others on a busy Wednesday.
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