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Episcopal Diocese Gives "Ashes To Go" Today



For their annual "Ashes on The Go" program, The Episcopal Diocese of WNY is once again offering the traditional imposition of ashes in subway stations, church parking lots and wherever the faithful gather. 

The 2nd annual
event will feature the Rev. Bishop William Franklin and other Episcopal clergy, conducting the Lenten ritual outdoors and in a variety of non church settings.

 
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"Some people drive up and they can get ashes inside their car. Other people come up curbside at other locations, but this is the way we want to bring the church to the people," Franklin says.

Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. It became the custom in the Middle Ages to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross and the custom remains in Roman Catholic, Episcopal and other churches..
 
Here's The Official Announcement from The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Ashes to Go Expands to Seventeen Locations in it's Second Year
 
Episcopal priests and deacons, including Bishop William Franklin, will be offering Ashes to Go at seventeen locations throughout Western New York.
 
Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. It became the custom in the Middle Ages to begin Lent, the 40 days preceding Easter, by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. This reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives when we offer that brokenness to God.
 
Over the past several years Ashes to Go has become a nationwide movement. Clergy here will be at the Allen-Medical Campus, LaSalle and UB South Campus metro stations, in parking lots and outside their churches. 
 
The Rev. Ann Tillman, who will be offering Ashes to Go outside St. Matthias' Church in East Aurora, says "the imposition of ashes is an important and powerful spiritual experience for many who are not connected to a church community or who cannot fit a church service into their Wednesday schedule." Tillman is the rector of St. Matthias’ Church.
 
Bishop Franklin will join the Rev. Cathy Dempesy at the Allen-Medical Campus metro stop during the morning commute time. The Rev. Virginia Carr, rector of St. Peter’s Church in Westfield, will spend the day walking the sidewalks of the village center, visiting various shops and businesses. The Rev. Robert Duerr, priest at St. John’s Church in Youngstown plans to spend the morning at that village’s shopping center. Like their counterparts elsewhere, they will mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes, pray with them, and invite them to the observance of a holy Lent. 
 

 

 

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