Pope opens Lent with call to avoid 'clutches of consumerism'

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A robed minister will be standing outside and offering ashes to drivers at the church on 12 Mile Road. "It begins with the ashes, but eventually leads us to the fire of Easter night; to the discovery that, in the tomb, the body of Jesus does not turn to ashes, but rises gloriously".

Some local churches, including Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 5333 Clyde Park Avenue in Wyoming, will be giving "ashes to go" from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Ashes - which represents repentance and death - in the shape of a cross are placed on the foreheads of believers.

LOUIS Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent and many churches are making it easy for people to receive their ashes and a blessing.

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Hubbard says her goal is to remind people that they matter, just for themselves and not for any of their trappings, their wealth or accomplishments.

"The culture of appearance prevalent today, which persuades us to live for passing things, is a great deception", he said.

"I was one of those that thought it was kind of irreverent. I mean, we don't have a God that says, 'I'm putting you here and I want you to be miserable, ' [he wants] you to be connected and loved". They wanted to start the Lent season right, but factors like long commutes, busy schedules and taking care of kids made them fearful they'd miss out on an evening church service. "And it's a reminder that we're all on the same level".

"I couldn't get any work done that day", he quipped.

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