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A Hampden church kicks off Lent with ashes to go

Posted at 10:43 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 22:56:05-05

BALTIMORE, Md — Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the six weeks before Easter where some Christians abstain from certain activities and foods.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Hampden offered commuters, pedestrians, and drivers in the area the opportunity to receive ashes on the go.

"We're out here to share with folks that no matter what they've done or left undone, said or left unsaid God loves them anyway," said Rev.Bonnie McCubbin.

The tradition began back in the sixth century as a way to prepare for Easter Sunday. Ashes are marked in the shape of a cross on foreheads of believers to represent repentance and death.

The church ended the day with a 7 p.m. worship service, where ashes were also available.