SPARTA, NJ - For the sixth year in a row, Episcopal congregations in towns across northern New Jersey will take to the streets on Ash Wednesday, March 1, marking the beginning of the Christian holy season of Lent by giving “Ashes to Go.”

Ash Wednesday initiates the Lenten season of reflection and penitence which precedes Easter. In the Episcopal tradition, ashes are used to mark the foreheads of the faithful with the sign of the cross, with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Numerous priests, deacons and lay people will visit train stations, bus stops, coffee shops, shopping centers and street corners to offer ashes and a brief prayer to commuters and pedestrians who wish to participate.

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On Wednesday March 1st from 6am to 8am, The Rev. Debbie Brewin-Wilson and members of St. Mary's Congregation will be outside Panera Bread, 25 Center Street (Theater Center). 

For those who prefer to mark Ash Wednesday with us, Ash Wednesday Services will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church on Wednesday March 1st at noon and 7:30 p.m. St. Mary's is located at 85 Conestoga Trail in Sparta for more information call 973-729-3136