The Rev. Ann Ritonia of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, and teams of volunteers will be taking ashes into the streets to offer the traditional imposition of ashes to the motoring public on Ash Wednesday.
On Ash Wednesday Christians for centuries have marked the beginning of the season of Lent, which leads up to Easter. This year it falls on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
If your schedule does not allow you to attend church that day, you may look for Rev. Ritonia along the Boston Post Road in Orange or at the Milford Train Station from 6:30 to 8:30 am. In the evening, search the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford between 4 and 6 pm. Or come to Church of the Good Shepherd at noon or 7 pm for a more traditional experience.
The volunteers going out into the world that day are part of "Ashes to Go," a nation-wide, grassroots movement dedicated to bringing spirit, belief, and belonging from behind church doors out to where the people are. "It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace," Ritonia said.
All are welcome.