Church takes Ash Wednesday to SA streets

St. Paul Lutheran Church will offer "Ashes to Go" at the corner of Market and Alamo streets


SAN ANTONIO – Today is Ash Wednesday and a San Antonio church is taking a new approach to the centuries-old Christian tradition.

St. Paul Lutheran Church will offer "Ashes to Go" in downtown San Antonio at the corner of Market and Alamo Streets between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

The congregation is part of a new nationwide movement where clergy and lay people visit public places like bus stops and street corners to mark the foreheads of people interested in receiving ashes and repenting past wrongdoings. 

"This is a unique opportunity to receive the touch of Jesus' love in the midst of our daily grind," said Rev. David Murillo, Associate Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran. "This isn't intended to be a replacement or a substitute for a genuine community, and we encourage people to find a church home. But for those who are on the fringes or for those who might feel left out, we want to remind them that Jesus wants everybody in and nobody out."

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for Easter. 

Murillo and Rev. Kyle Backhaus will administer the ashes. Backhaus serves parishes in Rosanky and Gonzales.

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