Church Brings ‘Ashes to Go’ to Montgomery
Today marks ash Wednesday, also known as the first day of lent. It’s a century old tradition celebrated by Catholics and Episcopalians across the world. One area church is bringing a new approach to the holiday.
Like many people across the country Alabamians are always on the move. Just one reason the church of Ascension is having ashes to go. Ashes to go is a growing trend across the country. Parishioners can stop by various locations for prayer, and to receive an ash cross on their forehead, instead of attending a traditional church service. While it’s a growing trend not everyone agrees with the practice.
“The purpose of ashes is not just to get ashes it’s what you do during the legerity before you receive the ashes then the reception of the ashes and then after the ashes. If you’re just getting ashes it trivialities the importance of it,” says Father Sreboth of Our Lady Queen Of Mercy Catholic Church.
Ashes to go started in Chicago back in 2011, and went national the following year.