Ash Wednesday 2021 in the Diocese of Central New York

During a global pandemic, creativity is a key. In addition to online and outdoor worship services for Ash Wednesday, many parishes offered “Ashes to Go” for those who were interested in the imposition of ashes.

In Liverpool, at St. Matthew’s Church, the Rev. Paul Frolick places ashes on the forehead of a young parishioner in the front loop drive-through.

The Rev. Renee Tembeckjian of Trinity Church in Fayetteville offers ashes and receives a much-appreciated package of hand-warmers from a parishioner!

Renee Fayetteville Ashes

Renee Tembeckjian Ashes to go

The Rev. Philip Major of St. Paul’s Church in downtown Syracuse gives ashes to community members who both walk and drive through. After receiving ashes, stop to say hello!

 Philip Major Rector of St. Paul's Ashes

St. Paul's Syracuse ashes parishioners gather

In Watertown, where it’s surely a tad bit colder (even for Central New York), the Rev. Molly Payne-Hardin gathers with a very dedicated company-keeper, Andrew, while she offers ashes to go. This is Andrew’s second year hanging with Mother Molly on Ash Wednesday!

Molly Watertown Ashes and Andrew

At St. John’s, Ithaca, Rev. Megan Castellan imposes ashes in the parking lot, with the sun shining!

The Rev. Nelson Gaetz of  the Church of St. Mark the Evangelist in Syracuse is joined by warden Gary Neddo offering ashes to go to those choosing to walk and drive through the parking lot on a cold, but sunny day!

Nelson Gaetz Ashes to go

Gary Neddo St. Mark the Evangelist Syracuse

In Camillus, Rev. Jon White offered two outdoor (and live-streamed) Ash Wednesday services with ashes to go. It was chilly, but as parishioner Julie Carpenter put it: “it was 19-20 degrees outside but there was warmth in our hearts.”  (photos courtesy of Carolyn Muratore). 

Jon White Ash Wednesday Service

Jon White Ashes to Go

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Ash Wednesday 2021