In a new twist on a centuries-old tradition, the Rev. Sheila McJilton of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church offered Ashes to Go at the Laurel MARC station during the morning commute on Ash Wednesday.
"Ashes to Go is a way to bring the presence of God into the world," McJilton said in a release. "God is not found just withing church walls."
This is the first year St. Philip's is participating in a national movement that brings clergy out of churches and into public places, such as coffee shops and train stations, to mark foreheads with ashes, following the Christian tradition of starting the holy season of Lent.
"Others have found that folks on the street, at intersections, on train or Metro stations, really do want to make a connection between their spiritual lives and their daily lives," McJilton said. "St. Philip's hopes to help make that happen here in the community of Laurel."