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Trinity Episcopal Offers "Ashes to Go" on Wednesday

Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Covington will be repeat its “Ashes to Go” offering on Ash Wednesday, March 5.
 
The church calls it a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition and throughout the day in locations such as the Covington Public Library on Fifth and Scott Street, the Embassy Suites Hotel on Rivercenter Blvd., and outside the church at the corner of Fourth Street and Madison Avenue, will offer ashes.
 
In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes on the forehead at the beginning of that season as a reminder of our human failings and an invitation to receive God’s 
forgiveness. Ashes to Go provides the opportunity to participate in that tradition for people who have lost their connection to a church, have never participated before, or, for 
whom attending a service on that day is inconvenient.
 
Trinity 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, invite them to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal. Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington also is 
participating there.
 
The Reverend Peter D’Angio, Trinity’s Rector, explains that “Ashes to Go” strives to bring an important tradition of the church's faith out into the everyday world. "As people become caught up in that world and (are) busier, the church needs to approach and engage them with the message of forgiveness and spiritual renewal in new and non-traditional ways,” D'Angio said in a news release.
 
Assisting Rev. D’Angio in the imposition of ashes will be the Reverend Linda Young, the Reverend Anisa Willis, and the Reverend Tom Wanner. Trinity will also offer ashes in 
a more traditional indoor service at noon and 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.
 
From Trinity Episcopal Church
 
Photo: Trinity/RCN file