Congregations throughout Sacramento observed Ash Wednesday on street corners and in sanctuaries.
Sacramento’s Roman Catholic Bishop Jaime Soto presided at an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday liturgy and a distribution of ashes on the north side of the Capitol. He also distributed ashes at Loaves & Fishes and at the 12:10 p.m. Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, occurring 46 days before Easter. Ashes are marked on the forehead by a member of the clergy as a sign of penitence or mortality.
The Ashes to Go concept began in 2010 in Chicago when three Episcopal congregations took ashes and prayer to suburban train stations. Protestant churches also observe the ritual. Ashes were offered during the noon hour on the steps of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St.