"Virtually every parish that I've worked with will have more people come to Ash Wednesday than nearly any other celebration", said Thomas Humphries, assistant professor of philosophy, theology and religion at St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida.
Ashes will be distributed at 25 locations this Wednesday, March 1, including the Trenton Transit Center and the Princeton Public Library. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes on the face at the beginning of that season as a reminder of human mortality and an invitation to receive God's forgiveness.
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Some Chicago-area churches plan to provide ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday as a sign of support for the LGBTQ community, a change to the religious ritual not all clergy have embraced. Anyone can go to the church's parking lot, receive their ashes and be on their way.
"Ashes to Go" is a new approach to this timeless Christian tradition, where St. Mary's will be offering ashes at the Tuxedo train station from 6 to 9 a.m.
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Christians traditionally give up certain foods over Lent, which leads up to Easter and this year begins on 1 March, to mark Jesus's 40 days of fasting in the desert. "In terms of liturgical significance, it's very minor, but people observe it as overwhelmingly important", he said in a February 17 email to Catholic News Service.
"Pope Francis has told us that we "must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral", Fr Beltrame said.
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He said although Lent was a penitential season, it was also a joyful season.