Easter is early this year falling on April 4.
Today Deacon David Belz, of St. John's Episcopal Church, with the help of member Robin Murray, pictured above, braved the chilly temperatures to offer ashes and prayer to anyone wandering by Liberty Street in Franklin. The reaching out to passer's by is a way to touch someone who might not be otherwise inclined or that their busy life might keep then from attending an Ash Wednesday church service.
The remote offering is made in conjunction with the Grace Lutheran Church and St. John's Episcopal.
"In the past we have been able to serve people who have perhaps strayed from the church," Belz said. Stopping for a brief conversation, prayer and receive ashes gave them something they remembered from childhood.
The cold temperatures Wednesday didn't help this outside service, but seven people in the morning and nine during the lunchtime shift received their ashes because of their efforts. Another group were stationed at Sander's Market on Buffalo Street to administer ashes.
Belz hit the road after 1 p.m. to help administer ashes in Brookville where he also serves.