Ashes to Go outreach helps people observe Ash Wednesday
Trinity English Lutheran pastor distributed ashes at Parkview Field.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:46 am
Thirty-six people braved drizzle and falling temperatures to stop by to receive ashes during the Ashes to Go outreach offered 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday on the concourse at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St.
Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, a time for Christians to pray, repent and sacrifice as they prepare themselves for the celebration of Easter on April 16. Receiving ashes on the forehead along with the pronouncement, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return,” reminds people they are sinners and also eventually will die to this world and, hopefully, join God in heaven.
Senior Pastor the Rev. Gary Erdos of Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 W. Washington Blvd., stood in front of the Lincoln Financial Event Center and, after dipping his thumb into ashes made by burning last year's Palm Sunday palm fronds, he drew a cross on the forehead of anyone who wanted to receive ashes.
Erdos offered the outreach because he believes some people don’t have time to attend an Ash Wednesday service or they belong to a faith tradition that doesn’t offer ashes, his congregation announced previously.