Ash Wednesday On The Go

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You can grab food on the run, get money at a drive-thru and now you can get your ashes to go.

Christians around the north country and the world observed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

There were observances in churches and on street corners.

Many people went the traditional route by going to church to receive the sign of the cross on their foreheads to mark Ash Wednesday.

However, others opted for a more modern approach.

Reverend Ed Murphy offered ashes to passersby outside Grace Episcopal Church in Carthage.

"Lots of people don't go to church anymore. You know what? We'll take the church outdoors. That's who I think we're called to be as a Christian family, that we need to go to the people," said Murphy.

People stopped briefly to receive ashes and to share a prayer with Murphy. 

One woman told 7 News the experience turned her whole day around.

"Everything has gone wrong all day. This made my day," said Bonnie Beirman, who received ashes.

It is part of a nationwide initiative called Ashes to Go, an effort to take Ash Wednesday to the streets.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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