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Wed, Feb 26


Des Plaines

Ashes to Go

Can't make it to church on Ash Wednesday but want to mark the beginning of Lent with the Imposition of Ashes? We'll be at the Des Plaines Metra Station Wednesday morning offering prayer and ashes.

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Ashes to Go
Ashes to Go

Time & Location

Feb 26, 2020, 5:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Des Plaines, 1501 Miner St, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA

About Our Event

Why “Ashes to Go”?

Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the Middle Ages, it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives when we offer that brokenness to God. That turning to God is the work of Lent, preparation for the celebration of Easter.

We’re offering ashes on the street corner today because that reminder of need, humility, and healing shouldn’t be confined to a church building. We probably need it more when we are in the middle of our daily routine! The ashes we receive here are to remind us throughout the day of our need for God, and of God’s call to us.

There is much more to the beginning of Lent than ashes alone, and we encourage you to make time for worship with a community of faith, for the support of others and of the great traditions of faith in our work of repentance and renewal. But God meets us not just in worship, but in the midst of life, and we offer the opportunity to remember our faith to those whose schedules make it hard to stop and pray with others today.

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