Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Ash Wednesday is a holy day in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Whether you are a commuter or a mom home with young children, or none of the above, Darien’s churches have a convenient time for you to receive your ashes on Wednesday.

St. Luke’s will offer ‘Ashes to go” Wednesday morning in two areas. The first is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Noroton Heights train station. The second will be at Grove Street Plaza between The Melting Pot and Espresso Neat from 8 to 10 a.m.

The parish will hold Holy Eucharist and ashes at the church (1864 Post Rd, Darien)  at 7, 9:30 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. (for families with young children) and 7 p.m.

St. Thomas More

374 Middlesex Rd, Darien

St.Thomas More will hold an ashes service at 6:30, with Masses Wednesday at 9 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

St. John Church

1986 Post Road, Darien.

Daily Mass Beginning Ash Wednesday, there will be a Mass at 12:15 PM, Monday through Friday.

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