Priests offer ‘Ashes to Go’ to White Plains commuters

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WHITE PLAINS -

People love speed and convenience - and apparently, that carries over to our eternal soul.

That's why one Westchester church offered a unique way for the faithful to participate in Ash Wednesday.

Father Adolfo, with Grace Episcopal Church, spent hours offering ashes at the White Plains Metro-North train station Wednesday morning.

"It's a way to reach out to more people, as many as I can," says Father Adolfo.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the holiest season on the Christian religious calendar. Christians receive the symbolic ashes on their foreheads as a sign of penance. The season of Lent lasts for 40 days and is about fasting, almsgiving and prayer.

Pastor Gary Percesepe, with the Church in the Highlands, was also at the train station Wednesday morning.

"You know we are seeing a period of declining attendance and you know I think the church needs to make the effort to be with the people and in this case take ashes to go," he says.

Christian commuters who spoke with News 12 say they appreciate the effort and the convenience.

"I think it's a really interesting idea. I mean I was going to hit the church on the way into work. It absolutely saved a lot of time," said  Michael Berrios, of White Plains. "I know that I was struggling as to when I could get my ashes today so I appreciate the opportunity to do that while I am getting to work," said Tania Saiz, of White Plains.

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