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Ash Wednesday services at Holy Name Catherdal (File Photo; Credit: CBS)

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LOMBARD, Ill. (WBBM) – If you don’t have time to go to church on this Ash Wednesday, you might be able to get your ashes “to go.”

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, over two dozen congregations stretching from Chicago to Dixon, Ill., will be taking to the streets to perform Ash Wednesday rites.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Lisa Fielding reports

“Wednesday schedules these days don’t usually accommodate an hour at church. A lot of people have forgotten that Ash Wednesday is meaningful and interesting, so we’re going to where people already are,” said the Rev. Emily Mellott of Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard.

Mellott says she and her team will be at train stations.

“We are simply taking with us the heart of the Ash Wednesday service, and that means we’ll offer ashes to commuters at the train stations,” Mellott said.

In Chicago, ashes will be available at St. James Commons at Rush and Huron streets, and at various CTA ‘L’ and Metra stations.

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