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February 13, 2013

Church takes Ash Wednesday to the streets

GROVELAND — Today, for Ash Wednesday, St. James Episcopal Church will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, at the Bradford train station from 6 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and in front of the Georgetown Post Office from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

In addition to the open-air “Ashes to Go” ministry, St. James welcomes the public to an Ash Wednesday service inside the church at 119 Washington St. At 7 p.m. today, St. James will offer imposition of ashes and Holy Communion, with music.

St. James Groveland 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 that mark the start of the holy season of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

“Since most of Jesus’ ministry was done in open places where people longed to hear him, maybe we’re returning to our very roots,” said the Rev. Marya DeCarlen, rector of St. James in a press release. “In our crazy, busy, reflection-deprived lives, I feel called to imitate Jesus’ ministry of meeting people where they are, to reach and create a moment of grace amidst the demands of our busy lives. Ash Wednesday gives us an excellent opportunity for doing that,”

Contact St. James Episcopal Church at 978-373-1270 for more information.

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