Roanoke pastors deliver ashes on the street for Ash Wednesday

ROANOKE, Va. – A group of Roanoke pastors started the 40 days of Lent by bringing ashes out to the people on Ash Wednesday.

Six churches in the Grandin Village area administered “ashes-to-go” across the street from the Grandin Theatre on Wednesday afternoon. The group has done this each Ash Wednesday for the past four years.

It is a known tradition for pastors to mark people with ashes to begin the Easter season, but the practice normally takes place within a church.

Christ Lutheran Church Pastor Dave Skole said the group took its ashes outside to bring people closer to their faith.

“This is a very accessible way of encountering God, and that’s the point of it,” Skole said. “God is not in these churches, the power of God is in the people of God.”

About the Author: