Ashes To Go: Taking It To The Streets
AHCC will be offering Ashes to Go, a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition. As part of a new nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes, and invite them to seek forgiveness and renewal.
Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes on the forehead at the beginning of that season as a reminder of our mortality and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. Ashes to Go provides the opportunity to participate in that tradition for people who have lost their connection to a church, or have never participated before.
“Ashes to Go is about bringing the important traditions of our faith out from behind church walls and into the places we need them every day,” commented Rev. Matt Laney. “There are many people who walk through our parking lot in the afternoon – workers from the insurance companies, neighborhood folks and families, and children and youth returning home from school. Ashes to Go reminds us all that forgiveness and grace, and that wherever we are, we can make a connection between faith and the forces of daily life.”
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