Ashes to Go in Concord--Ash Wednesday uniquely observed by the Episcopal Church of NH

Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 1, 2017) starts Lent, the period leading up to Easter. “Ashes to Go” are being offered by Grace Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, serving the Concord area; St. James Episcopal in Keene, and St. John's in Portsmouth.

CONCORD: Ashes will be administered in Eagle Square, Main Street, Concord, from 12 pm–1:30pm, by Bishop Hirschfeld, The Rev. Kate Atkinson, Rector, St. Paul’s Church, Concord, the Rev. Jason Wells, Rector, Grace Church, East Concord and the Rev. Jon Hopkins, Pastor, Concordia Lutheran Church, Concord.

KEENE: Ashes will be offered from 7:30am - 9am.  The Rev Elsa Worth will be present to offer a quick prayer and the administration of ashes to anyone who would like them.  You can find this event on the sidewalk in front of St. James – rain, snow or shine.  Pull up next to the church and get out or, if necessary, Elsa+ can pray with you in your car.

PORTSMOUTH: This is the fourth year for St John’s, who will be joined by North Church, UCC, and Christ Church, Portsmouth. Ashes will be available in Market Square from 7:30am - 1:30pm.

Ash Wednesday is marked by prayer and fasting in the Christian faith. To observe this holy day, ashes are placed on foreheads as a reminder of human mortality. “Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day.

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