PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Senior pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church, Bob Holliday whispers a short prayer as he makes the sign of the cross on a woman's forehead using ashes.
"Ash Wednesday started in the early, early church you know a couple of thousand years ago and was a way for Christians and believers to show their humility," he said.
On this holy day, this Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Christians worldwide, not everyone here in the Valley can attend service.
So last year, the church held its first ever ashes to go event where 250 people attended.
"The sanctity, see, is what you hold in your heart not what we do in the parking lot," Holliday said.
Pastor Bob says what is important about the day is repentance and getting right with God, nothing else should matter to those who believe.