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Running start to Lent: Phoenix church providing ashes to go on Ash Wednesday

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX — Phoenix believers who are in a hurry or don’t have time to get to a church on Ash Wednesday can stop their worrying.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has set up shop at the light rail stop at 19th and Montebello avenues to provide busy churchgoers with ashes.

“Frequently people are working two or three jobs and unable to celebrate Ash Wednesday with their own faith community,” Vicar Craig Bustrin said. “People are very grateful that we’re doing this.”

Bustrin is happy to provide the service and is not out to preach to everyone riding the light rail.

“Obviously, we don’t force [the ashes] on anyone,” he said.

People who want to practice but need to be on the move said they appreciate the ashes.

“With work and everything, this is my second year of coming here,” Diana Meza said.

Ash Wednesday is recognized as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period during which people give up certain items or luxuries as a form of penitence in the buildup to Easter.

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