Two Northglenn churches will distribute ashes to morning commuters at the Wagon Road Park-n-Ride, 120th and Huron, from 6-7:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. “It’s an opportunity for us to …
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Two Northglenn churches will distribute ashes to morning commuters at the Wagon Road Park-n-Ride, 120th and Huron, from 6-7:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26.
“It’s an opportunity for us to connect with people in the midst of their busy lives, and help them observe the beginning of Lent,” the Rev. Kae Madden, pastor at Church of the Beloved, said in a news release.
The Ecumenical Catholic Community church is co-sponsor of the event, along with Northglenn United Church of Christ, whose pastor, the Rev. Norman Michaud, says that observing the beginning of Lent outside, in a public space, reflects a national movement called “Ashes To Go.”
“For centuries, Christians have received ashes on their forehead - in the sign of the cross - as a way to begin Lent, and to make a public statement about their faith,” Michaud said in the release. “But it’s not always easy to get to church on a workday, and sometimes folks are not affiliated with a church. So we’re trying to bridge that gap by making ashes available in a public place.”
Ashes are made from the leaves - or fronds - left over from a previous Palm Sunday. They are burned one year, and distributed the next, usually mixed with water - or sometimes oil - to form a paste that is then applied to the forehead in what is called “the sign of the cross.”
After the morning commute, Madden and Michaud will relocate for the lunch hour to again offer ashes outdoors, this time from 11 a.m. to noon at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, 117th and Community Center Drive, directly across from the Northglenn City Hall.
Finally, Church of the Beloved and Northglenn United Church of Christ will also stage a traditional liturgy indoors at 7 p.m Ash Wednesday at 10500 Grant Drive in Northglenn, in a building shared by both congregations.
Learn more at northglennunitedchurch.org, churchofthebeloved-ecc.org and ashestogo.org.
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