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For the Faithful on the Go: Trinity Offers Outdoor Ashes

"Ashes to Go" returns to Downtown Covington courtesy of Trinity Episcopal Church.
 
Those wanting to recognize Ash Wednesday with the traditional mark on their forehead can find ashes being handed out at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Library and outside Trinity at Fourth Street & Madison Avenue. Ashes will be handed out at around 1 p.m.
 
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.  
 
In a news release, Trinity said that 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 nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, etc., to perform the ritual, invite them to repent of past sins, and seek forgiveness and renewal.
 
“Ashes to Go strives to offer an important tradition of our faith out into the everyday world," said Reverend Peter D’Angio, Trinity’s Rector. "As people become caught up in that seemingly busier world, the church needs to approach and engage them with its message in new and non-traditional ways.”  
 
This year, Trinity will offer ashes in “indoor” services at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The 10:30 a.m. service will be followed by the monthly Midday Musical Menu, serving lunch for $7.00 at 11:30 a.m. and the free concert--featuring Northern Kentucky University professor and tenor Jason Vest--will begin at 12:15 p.m.  
 
Ashes to Go will begin between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. after the concert.
 
-Staff report
 
Photo: Trinity Episcopal Church/RCN file
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