Priests and faith leaders from Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston gathered on the seawall near 21st Street for the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This is the fifth year Trinity Episcopal Church has led an Ashes to Go service on the Seawall.
Ashes to Go is a service held worldwide that allows clergy to go outside of their churches to distribute ashes to anyone passing by. About every five minutes, people passing by or those planning to attend gather in a circle to be blessed with ashes.
This year, Friendswood’s Good Shepherd Episcopal Church held its first Ashes to Go service at the Dairy Queen on South Friendswood Drive.
About 80 people pulled up to the first-time Ash Wednesday event in the fast-food restaurant parking lot for blessings and ashes and special prayer requests.
Good Shepherd faith leaders decided to hold an Ashes to Go service because they were inspired by Trinity Episcopal’s tradition, they said. Church officials say they see a benefit to bringing the service to the community instead of staying in the church.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season in Western Christianity and is celebrated around the world.
After Ashes to Go, Trinity Episcopal faith leaders walked to St. Vincent’s Episcopal House for another prayer and imposition of ashes. On the way, they made sure to offer ashes to anyone passing by.