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On March 5, 2014, St Paul's Parish once again participated in "Ashes to Go" movement. Clergy and parishioners distributed ashes and prayed with neighbors, commuters, and passersby at the Foggy Bottom Metro stations during morning and evening rush times. Below are some links to images and reflections from our day of evangelism and proclamation.
WASHINGTON—St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, K Street, will once again take the ancient ceremony of dispensing ashes to the streets on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The program, called “Ashes to Go,” is a growing phenomenon across the country, with several denominations taking part.
Ashes, an ancient symbol of penitence, are placed on a person’s forehead at the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of reflection in the Christian calendar leading up to the joy and celebration of Easter. Bringing ashes to the community is an opportunity to acknowledge that the message of love and charity meets us not only in church but every day in our daily lives.
Bishop Mariann Budde, the ninth Bishop of Washington, joined St. Paul’s last year at the Foggy Bottom metro station to dispense ashes with St. Paul’s clergy and will do so again this year.
Ashes to Go is not limited to a specific denomination or brand of Christianity. While Bishop Budde may ask participants if they have prayer intentions, participants may simply remain silent during the experience. Ashes will be dispensed during the rush hour outside of the Foggy Bottom metro station, from 8-10a and 3.30-5.30p.
Founded in 1866, St. Paul’s is one of the ten largest parishes of the Diocese of Washington within the Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The nationally-known parish is only one of a handful of Episcopal churches in the country to hold Mass 365 days a year.
For more information, visit http://stpauls-kst.com/about-us.