Church offers Ash Wednesday blessing on street corner

Updated: 03/05/2014 7:09 PM | Created: 03/05/2014 3:51 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For some Albuquerque Christians, there was no excuse to miss Ash Wednesday thanks to one church's efforts to offer ashes at a busy street corner.

Reverend Brian Winter with St. Chad's Episcopal Church in northeast Albuquerque stood on the corner of Tramway and San Rafael with two other reverends, blessing passersby with ashes.

"You know some people kind of drive by and look at us kind of like, what in the world are they doing? But again, others have come and been very thankful," Reverend Winter said.

"Ash Wednesday means the beginning of a journey," Peggy Way said. Way had planned to go to church at 7 a.m., but, like many people, something came up and she couldn't go.

"Sometimes I get so busy as I am and I forget that sometimes He's there for me," Way said.

That's why Reverend White was out there—to remind people.

"God's presence is all around us in all that and especially in nature. As people get busier, we want to make sure they have the opportunity at least to participate in some of the sacraments of the church," he said.

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