Churches offer “on the go” ash distribution to commuters in Chestnut Hill

Pastors from three local churches spent the early hours of Ash Wednesday at the Chestnut Hill train stations and on Germantown Avenue distributing ashes to those observing on their way to work. It’s the first year the churches have performed such “on the go” ash distribution. 

Representatives from St. Paul’s Episcocal Church, Grace Epiphany Church and Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields decided to hit the platforms in an effort to help busy commuters who may otherwise, not have time to go to church.

“Someone pointed out that the train is a great place to think and reflect and meditate. So you have thirty minutes after you get your ashes to be with the experience and start reflecting on your Lent,” explained Jarrett Kerber, rector at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

“I was going to go this afternoon, but now I don’t have to. It’s tough when you work,” said one participant.

Church officials plans to continue the practice next year.

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