‘Ashes to Go’ offered at The Abbey coffee shop in Avondale

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Abbey, both a coffee shop and Episcopal diocese, is making it easy for people on the move this Ash Wednesday.

Clergywoman Kelley Hudlow is planning to stand outside from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hudlow said she will be offering a short service of imposition of ashes for people on the move.

“We’re hoping that folks while they’re on the way to work or on their lunch break will stop by and take a moment to observe Ash Wednesday with us,” said Hudlow. “We have parking spaces in front of the shop so we hope folks will pull up or pull into our driveway, we’ll share a prayer with them and offer the imposition of ashes.”

Ashes to Go 2The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are traditionally made from burned palm branches from Palm Sunday the year before. These blessed ashes symbolize penance and are marked in the shape of a cross on the forehead.

“We spend the next forty days, not including Sundays, getting ready for Easter,” said Hudlow. “A lot of Christians around the world will take on the practices of fasting, some Christians take on a practice of taking something on, so extra service or extra prayer life. Ash Wednesday is the day that we begin to center ourselves on that to get ready for the celebration that will happen on Easter.”

The café is located at 121 41st St South in Avondale.

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