On the go? Get your “Ashes to Go” on Wed., Feb. 14 at the Tenleytown Metro stop (corner of Wisconsin & Albemarle, Washington, DC). In observance of Ash Wednesday, clergy from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church will take to the streets, offering ashes and blessings to busy commuters between 7:30-8:30 am and 5:30-6:30 pm. It is offered as an invitation to Lent, a special time for reflection, repentance and renewal, in preparation for the celebration of Easter.
“Ashes to Go is about bringing the important faith traditions out from behind church walls and into the mainstream,” says Rector Ledlie Laughlin. “Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence, a mark of the cross to remind us that we are dust and by turning our focus to the power of God, we can begin to heal the brokenness of our lives and the world. Ashes to Go is 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.
Traditional Ash Wednesday services will be held at St. Columba’s (4201 Albemarle St., NW) at 7 am, 12 noon, 4 pm (special children’s service) and 7 pm.