Ash Wednesday

Cross of Ashes public domainAshes to Go

Many Christians start Lent by having a black cross made of ashes imposed onto their forehead on Ash Wednesday.  This reminds them to mourn for their sins, to repent (turn away from them), and to remember their mortality:  “Dust to dust, ashes to ashes” – we all die.
It can be difficult to remember these things in our busy lives, so many groups have started to offer “Ashes to Go” – a very brief service offered outdoors to passers-by, so they can have ashes imposed.  This proves very meaningful for many.  There are some resources to help your church group carry this out if you want here, and there’s a book about one group’s experience here.