New Jersey residents receive Ash Wednesday ashes on the go

Episcopal churches across the state offered ashes to go today. Some churches even offered “drive-through” ashes.

Tony Caputo and Lanette Espy

Feb 14, 2024, 10:22 AM

Updated 158 days ago

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Busy New Jersey residents hoping to receive ashes for Ash Wednesday had the chance Wednesday morning at several train stations throughout the state, including the Short Hills Train Station in Millburn.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which represents the 40 days that Christians believe Jesus wandered the desert praying and fasting after he was baptized. It is a period of reflection, prayer and penance.
Ashes on the go has certainly become a regular event since the start of the COVID pandemic. Episcopal churches across the state offered ashes to go. Some churches even offered “drive-through” ashes, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Newark’s website.
Members of Christ Church Short Hills were available from 6 to 8 a.m., a gesture several commuters appreciated.
“Trying to find time with a full family in a full-time job, it’s hard to do so having the convenience like this here and just doing it for the community is awesome,” said Short Hills resident Kristen Merimee.
One of the train conductors also took advantage of the offering this morning and quickly hopped off the stopped train to receive his ashes before jumping right back on the train.


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