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Wed, Feb 14

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Ace Hardware (hosted by St. Monica's)

Ashes to Go

Time & Location

Feb 14, 2024, 11:00 AM

Ace Hardware (hosted by St. Monica's), 1560 S Hwy 29, Cantonment, FL 32533, USA

About The Event

Need to do Ash Wednesday in a hurry? Several churches are offering outdoors imposition of ashes to help people start Lent today, even without leaving their cars. St. Monica’s Church Rev Deacon Rachel Iversen says they will be on the porch of Ace Hardware Cantonment just across from Tate HS off of Hwy 29 from 9 am-11 am., offering ashes to observe Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. "This is for people on their way to work - it’s a window of opportunity," Iversen said. "People can pull up, we’ll have a guided meditation, a prayer on a bulletin. They can read the prayer, prepare mentally and spiritually. If they want to pray, we’ll pray with them." The drive-through concept welcomes people who have never observed Ash Wednesday before. They don't have to be churchgoers, Iversen said. "There’s no stipulation - wherever you are in your spiritual journey," she said. "If they’re curious, they can experience the ashes. It’s a spiritual experience. If people want a time of prayer, repentance and reflecting on their own mortality, we want to let them know that the call to turn and focus on God is present anywhere." "We make a shape of the cross with ashes on the forehead and say what the ancients said, ‘Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.’ It’s a wonderful reminder of our mortality but the grace of it all too.” Iversen said they will hand out sheets with answers to frequently asked questions about Ash Wednesday, such as "Do I have to wear the ashes all day?" "Only if you want to," Iversen said. The ashes are worn as a sign of penitence.Ash Wednesday marks the start of the 40-day penitential period of Lent, leading up to the celebration of Easter, March 31.

Event contact: Viv Welch, vivenw1@gmail.com

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