'Ashes to go' for busy New Yorkers - New York News

'Ashes to go' for busy New Yorkers

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

From Union Square to the Upper East Side, Christians stopped on street corners across the city getting the sign of the cross on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday is usually observed during a church service, but some busy New Yorkers just don't have the time so they got their ashes "to go."

"I am really busy and the church by me the services didn't match with my schedule," said Michelle Perrott.

Bob Foltz-Morrison, the executive presbyter of the Presbytery of New York City, said: "We have been moving for being so enclosed in the church to moving outside the church."

A number of Manhattan churches participated, hoping to reach out to those who are religious, spiritual, and everything in between.

The Christian holy day marks the beginning of Lenten season. Last year's Palm Sunday branches are burned, combined with oil, and marked onto people's foreheads.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan talked about the idea of "ashes to go" after mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

"That wouldn't be a part of our Catholic tradition the ideal is to receive ashes at mass like these thousands of people did today, or at least in church," the cardinal said.

Some say no matter where it happens, the message is the same.

"It's humbling to have people come to you, trust you to put ashes on their forehead, pray for them, and have a moment of sacred connection with each other," said Rev. Mieke Vandersall, the executive director of Presbyterian Welcome.

Rev. John Russelstanger of Presbyterian Welcome added: "We aren't trying to do something that replacing congregations but add to whatever Ash Wednesday can be in the city in 2014."

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:43:52 GMT
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
  • Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:07:39 GMT
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
  • WTC shipwreck mystery solved

    WTC shipwreck mystery solved

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:08:14 GMT
    Archeologists say they've solved a mystery that started with the rebuilding at ground zero. During the excavation at the World Trade Center Site, workers uncovered part of an old ship. No one knew where it came from. Now after years of study, researchers believe the sloop dates back to 1773, built from wood harvested from Pennsylvania, the same kind used to build Independence Hall.
    Archeologists say they've solved a mystery that started with the rebuilding at ground zero. During the excavation at the World Trade Center Site, workers uncovered part of an old ship. No one knew where it came from. Now after years of study, researchers believe the sloop dates back to 1773, built from wood harvested from Pennsylvania, the same kind used to build Independence Hall.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices