Trinity Cathedral Takes Ash Wednesday Services into the Streets

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The Rev. Canon Will Mebane is available for interviews.

“Ashes to Go” initiative moves the church beyond the Cathedral walls

CLEVELAND—Trinity Cathedral clergy will take to the streets on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, to mark the beginning of the holy season of Lent by giving “Ashes to Go.” Clergy members will be at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and on the steps of the Cathedral (2230 Euclid Avenue) from 1-2 p.m. and again from 4-6 p.m.

“Church is not about what goes on within the four walls of a building,” says the Rev. Canon Will Mebane of Trinity Cathedral. “It should be about strengthening, nurturing and meeting people where they are in the world. Ashes to Go allows us to meet students, workers and downtown residents in their lives while going about their daily routines and recognizes that we all live in a very fast-paced and busy world. Taking Ash Wednesday beyond the Cathedral is a simple but powerful act that takes the gifts of prayer and repentance and a moment of renewal and grace to the streets.”

Priests and lay people from Episcopal churches across the country will visit train stations, subway stops, coffee shops, and street corners to mark the forehead of interested passers-by with the sign of the cross, and invite them to repent of their past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal. The Rev. Teresa K. M. Danieley, of St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, Mo., is the unofficial coordinator of the Ashes to Go movement. Rev. Danieley’s ecumenical clergy group developed the idea in 2007. For a partial list of parishes participating in the program, visit the Ashes to Go website

In addition to Ashes to Go, Trinity Cathedral will hold three Ash Wednesday services at the church: 7:30 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Eucharist will be celebrated with imposition of ashes at all services. Trinity Cathedral Choir will sing at the 6 p.m. service. Following the 6 p.m. service, all are welcome to the simple Lenten meal ($5 donation) in Cathedral Hall.

About Trinity Cathedral:
Trinity Cathedral, the Episcopal Church in downtown Cleveland, invites participation from people of all faiths, races, nationalities and walks of life. For more information on Trinity Cathedral and its programs, please call 216-771-3630 or visit Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.