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St. Thomas Episcopal takes Ash Wednesday to Comfy Cow, Kroger

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local church is trying to spread the message that Lent is not about suffering but about amending your way of life.

The pastors of St. Thomas Episcopal Church stepped outside the walls of their sanctuary on Ash Wednesday, setting up shop outside an ice cream parlor and grocery store to provide ashes on the go.

"Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return," the pastors recited as parishioners stepped forward.

They stood outside of a Comfy Cow before heading to the Kroger on Westport Road.

"It's not for the convenience -- that's not the reason," said Rev. Anne Vouga, who says the point is to offer a service to the community and the reminder that Lent isn't about giving something up but rather it is about taking something on.

"An ice cream shop, we think of as a place of luxury, something a little special just a contrast with the idea of Lent -- Ash Wednesday when we recognize our mortality," said parishioner Robin Garr.

Attendance was heavy at traditional services like the one at the Cathedral of the Assumption downtown.

St. Thomas has faced criticism, some not welcoming the atypical approach. But for the most part even outside a grocery store, with the mark of a cross the message was all the same.

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