AUSTIN -- A local church is taking Ash Wednesday to the streets of Austin.
St. David's Episcopal Church has announced that it will participate in a project called "Ashes to Go," taking ashes to those downtown who are too busy to observe Ash Wednesday.
“We’re going to stand at 6th and Congress, one of Austin’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and offer ashes to anyone who is interested,” said the Rev. David Boyd, Rector. “This isn’t about forcing religion on someone or aimed at making people feel uncomfortable. It’s about taking our faith out of the church and being present in the everyday places where our faith and lives intersect. It’s about welcoming everyone into Lent which is a time to grow in knowledge, connection and love of God through soul-searching, repentance and reflection.”
Ashes to Go was started in 2007 by St. John's Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Officials say the overwhelming response prompted the practice to spread across the U.S.
St. David's will offer Ashes to Go at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at 6th Street and Congress Avenue on Wednesday.
St. David's will hold Ash Wednesday services at 7 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.