Episcopal Diocese of Arizona offers 'Ashes to Go'

On Ash Wednesday, February 13, numerous churches in The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona will be offering "Ashes to Go," a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, at the following locations and times:

All Saints of the Desert, Sun City ( http://desertsaints.azdiocese.org/ )

(Location: Boswell Hospital, Sun City, after the 10:00 am service)

Episcopal Campus Ministry at ASU, Tempe ( http://ecmasu.org/ )

(Location: In front of Danforth Chapel on the Tempe Campus of ASU at 12:00 pm)

Grace St. Paul's, Tucson ( http://www.gsptucson.org/ )                       

(Location: Armory Park in Tucson from 10:00 am-2:00 pm)

St. Andrew's, Tucson ( http://standrewstucson.azdiocese.org/ )

(Location: Armory Park in Tucson from 10:00 am-2:00 pm)

St. Luke's, Prescott ( http://www.stlukesprescott.org/ )                       

(Location: Chapel at Yavapai Regional Medical Center from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Patients in the hospital will receive ashes beginning at 2:00 pm)

St. Mark's, Mesa (website currently offline)

(Location: Sycamore/Main Street Light Rail station from 12:00-1:00 pm)

St. Mary's, Phoenix ( http://www.stmarysphoenix.org/ )                       

(Location: Montebello Light Rail station from 7:00-9:00 am and 4:00-5:30pm)

St. Philip's In The Hills, Tucson ( http://www.stphilipstucson.org/ )                       

(Location: Various locations around Tucson)

These churches are part of a new nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting

transit stops, street corners, coffee shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of

interested passers-by with ashes and invite them to repent of past wrongdoing and seek

forgiveness and renewal.

"Our goal in doing this is to bring church to those who find a church building as an impediment

to faith," said The Rev. Steve Keplinger, Rector at Grace St. Paul's in Tucson.


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