Ministers bring Ash Wednesday to the streets

February 14, 2018 05:23 PM

This year, Valentine's Day coincides with Ash Wednesday, a holiday that is among the most solemn of the year for Christians. People usually attend mass to get ashes on their forehead. However, some ministers took to the streets of Schenectady early Wednesday morning.

They call this "Ashes to Go" and two local pastors from the Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville, have come out for the second year in a row now. They were bringing ashes to the people instead of making people go to the ashes.

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They've been doing this two years, but this "Ashes to Go" idea is really about 10 years old and has happened in different parts of the country.

Some of the folks who came by Wednesday morning were surprised, but happy to see the pastors bringing this out into the community this way. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent for Christians leading up to Easter. Although traditionally services are associated with happening inside of a church building, the pastors there said it doesn't always have to be that way.

Ashes to go wrapped up Wednesday morning. If you missed it, you can check your local churches for their schedules.

The pastors there were from the Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville. They both have services at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


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