Get your ‘Ashes to Go’ in Decatur this Wednesday

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 17, 2015
File Photo of the 2014 Ashes To Go Event at the Decatur Marta Station.

File Photo of the 2014 Ashes To Go Event at the Decatur Marta Station.

Ash Wednesday, the start of the holy season of Lent, will be Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The traditional method of observing it is going to church and having a member of the clergy smudge your forehead with ash.

But if you’re in a hurry, you can get your ashes to go in Decatur.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church clergy and parishioners will be at the downtown Decatur MARTA station and the Decatur Square. They’ll be offering ashes 7:30 am to 8:30 am near the Decatur MARTA station and from 11:30 am to 1 pm, on the square by the pavilion, near the courthouse.

“Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 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 repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal,” the church said in its announcement.

Rev. Emily Mellott said the event, “Is about bringing the important traditions of our faith out from behind church walls and into the places we need them every day.”

“As people get busier and busier, we need the church in new and non-traditional ways,” Mellott said in the announcement. “We especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives. The people who accept ashes on the street are often people longing to make a connection between their faith and the forces of daily life, and Ashes to Go helps them feel that connection.”

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