Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent, will you get your ashes 'to go'?

Today is Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting and the first day of Lent.  Catholics in our region and around the world will be marking their foreheads with the sign of the cross in ash.  Special services are being held throughout the day at most local churches.  Another tradition during lent is to give up something as a sacrifice.

One of the services you may encounter today makes that moment of prayer and reflection more accessible.  "May you hear his voice... harden not your hearts... come let us bow down in worship," this brief prayer service is happening every 15 minutes today.  It's 'Ashes to Go' in the parking lot at Holy Rosary on East Avenue.  

Christians are beginning their Lenten journey with ashes while taking a moment to reflect, pray, repent, and focus on self-improvement.

Father John Jaquel of St. John's and Holy Rosary churches says, "we are preparing ourselves to celebrate truly the resurrection of Christ at Easter every year".

For the Catholic church system, this is a way to meet busy parishioners halfway, when a full mass simply isn't an option.


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