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PHOTOS: Ashes to Go brings Ash Wednesday to downtown Concord

  • The Rev. Jason Wells (left) adjusts the hat of Robert Arata of Concord after administering ashes during Ashes to Go, a downtown event observing Ash Wednesday for those who could not attend a church service on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. “I think it's a great concept,” Arata said, noting that he’s taken advantage of the practice in years past. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • The Rev. Jonathan Hopkins of Concordia Lutheran Church holds a bowl of ashes during Ashes to Go, a downtown event observing Ash Wednesday for those who could not attend a church service on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Concordia Lutheran Church’s the Rev. Jonathan Hopkins (left) and the Rev. Jason Wells of the New Hampshire Council of Churches offer ashes to passers-by during Ashes to Go, a downtown event observing Ash Wednesday for those that could not attend a church service on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day this year, and the double holiday meant things were busy for some residents of the Capital City. So, for the fourth or fifth year, clerics offered an opportunity to mark the occasion with Ashes to Go, a quick way of letting passers-by in downtown Concord observe the first day of Lent in many Christian denominations.

For 90 minutes or so around lunch, ashes were offered to those who may not have the ability to attend a church service during the workday.

“I think it's a great concept,” said Robert Arata, who took advantage of the practice this year and noted that he’s done so in years past.