Planet Princeton
15% off your first order with Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Princeton Churches to Offer ‘Ashes to Go’

2016 feb ashes to goA few Princeton churches are taking Ash Wednesday to the streets this year.

In addition to welcoming people to their churches for Ash Wednesday services, Trinity Church and the Princeton United Methodist Church are offering ashes in downtown Princeton and at the Princeton Junction Train Station to mark the beginning of  Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

“Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season, but for some there is no time in the work week for a worship service,” said the Rev. Jana Purkis-Brash, senior pastor of Princeton United Methodist Church.

Clergy members from the Princeton United Methodist Church will be in front of the church,which is located at the corner of Nassau Street and Vandeventer Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Representatives from Trinity Church will be at the Princeton Junction Train Station from 5:45 a.m. until 8 a.m., and in front of Palmer Square from about 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. All Saints Princeton is also participating.

For hundreds of years, the ash cross has served as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness.

Trinity began its “Ashes to Go” offerings in 2014 as part of a new program promoted by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. Ashes to Go is part of a nationwide movement of clergy and lay people visiting busy public spaces to offer ashes.

Instead of sitting through a service, ministers and parishioners offer the Christian sign of repentance — a smudged cross of ashes on the forehead — to anyone walking by who seeks it.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

Events Calendar

« December 2017 » loading...
M T W T F S S
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Sat 16

Jammin’ with Santa

December 16 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 16
Sat 16

Santa Comes to Kale’s Garden Center

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 16

West Windsor Winter Farmers’ Market

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat 16

1st and 3rd Youth Groups

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 16
Sat 16

Palmer Square Winter Wonderland and Photo Workshop

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 16

Candle Making Workshop at the Watershed

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 16

T-Connect Trans Youth Group

December 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 16
  • Get 15% off your first order with Vosges Haut-Chocolat
       

Advertisement

  • Get 15% off your first order with Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Events Calendar

« December 2017 » loading...
M T W T F S S
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Sat 16

Jammin’ with Santa

December 16 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 16
Sat 16

Santa Comes to Kale’s Garden Center

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
%d bloggers like this: