CLEVELAND -- Christians in Northeast Ohio are marking the start of Lent with the observance of Ash Wednesday.
The observance traditionally includes the placement of ashes in the sign of a cross on a person's forehead as a symbol of penitence.
In this busy on-the-go world, Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland is making it easier for the faithful to observe the holy day.
The cathedral is offering "Ashes go Go." Cathedral clergy were at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center this morning to give commuters ashes as they hopped on the train. Clergy will be on the steps of the Cathedral (2230 Euclid Avenue) from 1 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. to distribute ashes as well.
Reverend Will Mebane explains, "We're swimming against the tide if we think we can simply open our doors on Sunday morning and wait for people to walk in. That is just not happening- it's not going to happen. So, I think we have to do more of this actually."
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day season of reflection, fasting, and penance.
The ash symbolizes the passing of life on Earth, as in "ashes to ashes, dust to dust".
The ashes come burning the blessed palms from last year's Palm Sunday celebration.
In addition to Ashes to Go, Trinity Cathedral will hold Ash Wednesday services at the church: noon and 6 p.m. Eucharist will be celebrated with imposition of ashes at all services. Trinity Cathedral Choir will sing at the 6 p.m. service. Following the 6 p.m. service, all are welcome to the simple Lenten meal ($5 donation) in Cathedral Hall.