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Ash Wednesday ashes at churches, bus stop, metro station

You can get ashes in churches, at the bus stop or at a metro station as Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent for Christians, in preparation for Easter.

Buffalo Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

Meanwhile, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York is part of a new nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops and street corners with ashes, inviting people to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal.

“It is remarkable how big an impact the act of receiving ashes has on people,” said Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin. “Bringing Jesus out of our buildings and to people is the mission of the church.”

A list of where ashes are being distributed in the Ashes to Go movement can be found on the Episcopal diocesan website.