St. Helena’s Grace Episcopal Church is offering an “Ashes Station” in the belltower on Wednesday, Feb. 14, which is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Rev. Amy Zuniga, church pastor, said anyone who wishes may come in for a personal prayer and/or simply to receive ashes. Folks will be available to pray with people in English or Spanish. They’ll also get a handout on the meaning of Ash Wednesday, a prayer/reading to take with them, and information on the church’s Lent and Easter offerings. Katherine Frederick is helping to coordinate it.
The church also is offering its traditional noon service with Eucharist, and a labyrinth walk with administration of ashes at 7 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church is located at 1314 Spring St.
Zuniga writes the church’s “Ashes Station” is “our take on the ‘Ashes to Go’ movement that Episcopal and other liturgical churches throughout the country have been offering in recent years.”
It is also Valentine’s Day and this is the first time in 40 years that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day have been on the same day.