Ash Wednesday in New Brunswick

Here is a list of places to receive ashes and attend Ash Wednesday services in New Brunswick.

Editor's note: The following information is courtesy of the Rev. Gregory Bezilla, Chaplain for the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rutgers.

February 13 is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.

A simple prayerful imposition of ashes ("ashes to go") will be offered in New Brunswick in the following locations:

  • The Rev. Gideon Uzomechina and St. Alban's Episcopal Church will offer ashes at the New Brunswick NJ Transit station, beginning at 7 a.m.
  • The Rev. Matthew Buterbaugh and the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 189 George St., will offer ashes outside the church by the nearby NJ Transit/Rutgers bus stop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • At Canterbury House at Rutgers University, 5 Mine St., ashes will be offered along with spiritual counseling and the rite of reconciliation, beginning at 11 a.m.

Ash Wednesday Liturgies in New Brunswick:

  • Christ Church, 5 Paterson St.: 7 a..m., 12 p.m., and a joint service with Emanuel Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m.
  • St. Alban's Church, 148 Lee Ave.: 6 p.m.
  •  St. John the Evangelist, 189 George St.: 7:30 p.m.
  •  Canterbury House at Rutgers University, 5 Mine St.: 7 p.m.
Tina Robinson February 13, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I am new to catholisism and do not know what ash Wednesday is for and what you are suppose to do.
Gregory Bezilla February 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Ashes are symbol of repentance. By custom, the ashes are created by burning palm branches from the previous year's Palm Sunday. The ashes are symbol of mortality, and the imposition of ashes is a symbol of humility that acknowledges a need for repentance (turning to God). In the light of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the ashes as a symbol of mortality become a hopeful sign of redemption and the beginning of new life. A variety of Christian churches observe Ash Wednesday, including Protestant churches such as the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


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