On Ash Wednesday, February 14th, , St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,Shippensburg will be offering “Ashes to Go”, a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, from 11am to 1pm at the public walkway next to the Shippensburg Post Office.
St. Andrew’s is taking part in a 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.
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 face at the beginning of that season as a reminder of mortal 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,or have never participated before.
At St. Andrew’s we believe that Church is more than Sunday services,from our participation in the community meal program,our annual Christmas Day dinner and our giving to local charities. Ashes to Go is just another way that we are bringing the important traditions of our faith out from behind our stone walls and into the community.