St. Paul's Cathedral offers 'Ashes to Go' on Ash Wednesday

SAN DIEGO - St. Paul's Cathedral members will be offering "Ashes to Go" in recognition of Ash Wednesday.

From 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, clergy and lay people will be offering ashes in at least four locations in the city of San Diego.

Canon Chris Harris said it's a "new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition."

"As people get busier and busier, we need the church in new and non-traditional ways," he stated in a press release. " We especially need moments of grace in the tough places of our working lives.  The people who accept ashes on the street are often people longing to make a connection between their faith and the forces of daily life, and Ashes to Go helps them feel that connection."

Ash Wednesday is a Christian tradition that marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

Christians have received a cross of ashes on the face at the beginning of that season as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God's forgiveness.

Anyone interested in receiving ashes can visit one of the four locations:

  • Hall of Justice, downtown San Diego, 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Pete's Coffee, Hillcrest, 350 University Ave  San Diego, CA 92103
  • Starbucks's, Banker's Hill, 2440 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Filter Coffee, Hillcrest, 1295 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
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