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Clergy take Ash Wednesday into the community, offer service at light-rail

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Instead of marking a forehead with ashes inside a church during mass this Ash Wednesday the holy tradition was performed at the light rail station on Monte Bello and 19th Avenue.

"There's a time between bus stops, feeder busses, and there's a time also when the light rail is just sitting... so people can take a couple of minutes here," said Vicar Craig Bustrin of St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

Vicar Bustrin says what Saint Mary's is doing is part of a nationwide movement among the episcopal dioceses, a relatively new approach to a centuries old Christian tradition, ashes to go.

On this Ash Wednesday clergy and lay people are visiting coffee shops college campuses and in this case transit stops to mark the foreheads of those interested and pray with during the start of this holy season. They started last year distributing ashes to about 300 people on ash Wednesday, and an estimated 80 people Wednesday morning at the light rail received ashes

"It's overwhelmingly positive overwhelmingly positive those who know about it realize they're not going to be able to spend time with their faith community today there were a couple of tears," said Vicar Bustrin.

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