The Wednesday after Mardi Gras is known as Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a Christian Holy Day of prayer and fasting.
While Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day, many people still have to work and might not have time to go to church. That’s where Long Beach Pastor Dave Parr steps in.
Seven years ago, Pastor Dave started ‘Ashes to Go’ where people drive up in their cars in the morning and get their ashes before heading about their day.
Hundreds of people stopped by and got their ashes without ever leaving their cars. Pastor Dave said, “It’s a time of repentance, reflection, and reconciliation. As we impose ashes, we say remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. So, that reminds us that we are mere mortals and life on this Earth can be short.”
Pastor Dave says he plans to host ‘Ashes to Go’ for many years to come.