St. Philip's 'Ash Mob' to share prayer at the Transit Center | Community Spirit
On Ash Wednesday earlier this year (in February), a group of parishioners from St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church participated in “Ashes to Go,” a new nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes, as is customarily done in church services on Ash Wednesday. The ashes symbolize an invitation to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal.
Participants expected to have an effect on those who received ashes. One described it as “kaleidoscopic as we interfaced with children, adults, babies, a mixture of race and culture, working class, retired, homeless, all bleeding surprise, rejection, tears, acceptance, relief, wonder, and hope.” More surprising was that those who went out to administer ashes and prayer were themselves profoundly transformed. “It helped us recognize grace in our lives and the lives of others,” explained the Rev. Vicki Hesse.
Now the “Ash Mob,” as they have dubbed themselves, wish to share prayers one-on-one with members of the Tucson community. To that end, they will be at the Transit Center at 4540 N. Stone Ave. June 27, at approximately 8 a.m. They will have a sandwich board inviting passers-by to pray with them. They plan to be available for about an hour.
They also plan to share prayers with members of the Tucson community at the same time and location on July 11 and July 25.
St. Philip's In The Hills' office phone number is 299-6421.