Commuters Can Get ‘Ashes to Go’ at Local Train Stations on Ash Wednesday

by The Village Green
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For the fifth year in a row, Episcopal congregations in towns across northern New Jersey will take to the streets on Ash Wednesday, February 10, marking the beginning of the Christian holy season of Lent by offering “Ashes to Go.”

Ash Wednesday initiates the Lenten season of reflection and penitence which precedes Easter. In the Episcopal tradition, ashes are used to mark the foreheads of the faithful with the sign of the cross, with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Numerous priests and lay people will visit train stations, bus stops, coffee shops, shopping centers and street corners to offer ashes and a brief prayer to commuters and pedestrians who wish to participate.

In South Orange, the Church of St. Andrew & Holy Communion will offer ashes at the  South Orange Village Train Station. In Maplewood, ashes will be available for commuters at the Maplewood Train Station, thanks to St. George’s Episcopal Church. Millburn commuters can receive ashes from St. Stephen’s church at the Millburn Train Station.

See specific times below.

During morning rush hour, commuters can receive Ashes to Go from The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark at Newark Penn Station.

The Rev. Canon Gregory Jacobs, diocesan Canon to the Ordinary, will offer Ashes to Go 7:30 – 9 AM outside the Prudential Tower at 655 Broad Street in downtown Newark.

Churches in the Diocese of Newark that plan to offer Ashes to Go at public locations in their communities are listed below.

The Ashes to Go initiative was started by the Rev. Teresa K. M. Danieley of St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, MO, who began conducting a street corner service with the distribution of ashes in 2007.

For more about the Ashes to Go program, visit

In case of inclement weather, please confirm directly with the individual church (church office numbers are listed below). To confirm with Bishop Beckwith or Canon Jacobs, please contact Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications, at 973-430-9907 or

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark comprises the northern third of New Jersey with 101 congregations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren, and Union counties.

Episcopal churches and clergy offering Ashes to Go in the Diocese of Newark (by town) 

Allendale – Trinity Episcopal Church (201-327-3012)
5:30 – 8:30 AM at the Allendale Train Station

Belvidere – Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Mary, Hope and Belvidere (908-818-9661)
8 – 9 AM at the Warren County Courthouse Steps on the Belvidere Green

Chester – Church of the Messiah (908-879-7208)
6 – 6:45 AM outside Dunkin Donuts on Rt. 206
8 – 9:30 AM outside Starbucks on Rt. 206

Franklin Lakes – St. Alban’s (201-337-4909)
6:30 – 8:15 AM at the VFW lot on the corner of Pulis and Franklin Avenue

Fort Lee – Good Shepherd (201-461-7260)
7 – 8:30 AM at the NYC Inbound Bus Station

Hillsdale – Holy Trinity Church (201-664-2428)
6:30 – 7:30 AM at the Hillsdale Train Station

Hoboken – All Saints Episcopal Parish (201-792-3563)
8-9 AM at the Hoboken PATH Station (Erie Lackawanna Terminal)

Jersey City – St. Paul’s Church (201-433-4922)
8 – 9 AM and 5 – 6 PM at McGinley Square

Lincoln Park – Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park & Montville (973-334-2882)
7 – 8 AM at the at the Lincoln Park Train Station

Little Falls – St. Agnes’ Church (973-256-5020)
7:30 – 9 AM at the Little Falls Train Station

Maplewood – St. George’s Church (973-762-1319)
6 AM at the Maplewood Train Station

Madison – Grace Church (973-377-0106)
6:45 – 7:45 AM at the Madison Train Station

Millburn – St. Stephen’s (973-376-0688)
6:30-7:30 AM at the Millburn Train Station

Montvale – St. Paul’s Church (201-391-3181)
6:30 – 7:15 AM at the Montvale Train Station

Mt. Arlington – Christ Church in Budd Lake (973-347-1866)
6:15 to 8:45 AM at the Mt. Arlington transit station, corner of Rt. 80 and Howard Blvd

Mountain Lakes – St. Peter’s Church (973-334-4429)
6 – 7:45 AM at the Waterview Bus Stop on Hwy. 46E in Parisippany

Newark – House of Prayer (973-483-8202)
7:30-8:30 AM at the Broad Street Station Plaza

Newark – Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral (973-622-3505)
8 – 9 AM and 6 – 7 PM on the sidewalk in front of the Cathedral at 608 Broad Street

Ramsey – St. John’s Memorial Episcopal Church (201-327-0703)
6:15 – 7:40 AM at the Ramsey Route 17 Train Station

Rutherford – Grace Church in Rutherford (201-438-8623) and St. John’s Church in Passaic (973-779-0966)
5:45 – 8 AM at the Rutherford Train Station

South Orange – Church of St. Andrew & Holy Communion (973-763-2355)
6 – 9 AM at the South Orange Village Train Station

Succasunna – St. Dunstan’s Church (973-927-1485)
7 – 8 AM at the Mt. Arlington Train Station

Summit – Calvary Church (908-277-1814)
6 – 8:30 AM at the Summit Train Station

Tenafly – Church of the Atonement (201-568-1763)
7 – 8 AM at the Tenafly Bus Stop

Towaco – Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park & Montville (973-334-2882)
7 – 8 AM at the Towaco Train Station

Verona – Church of the Holy Spirit (973-239-2850)
9 – 11 AM & 1 -3 PM on Gould Street between Church & HB Whitehorne Middle School

Wood-Ridge – St. Paul’s and Resurrection Church (201-438-8333)
9 – 10 AM in front of the Wood-Ridge Post Office
10 – 11 AM in front of Veterans Park


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