Living Lent

KAPAA — When Sandi Inanod pulled up to The Rev. Ryan Newman on Wednesday, she had on a purple top and purple hair, too.

The purple also matched The Rev. Ryan Newman collar and united the pair as he recited the “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” blessing following the application of the ashen cross on Inanod’s forehead.

“Purple is the color of Lent,” said Newman, of the All Saints’ Church and Preschool. “There are four colors which are symbolic in the church — red symbolizing blood, white for celebrations, green for the everyday, and purple. She has purple on and is living the Lent.”

Ash Wednesday is the first of the 40 days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshippers at Ash Wednesday services.

The Ashes to Go program, initiated several years ago by All Saints’, allows worshippers to receive the ashes without having to go through worship service.

A steady crowd stopped by so Newman could go through the ceremony and send them on their way with black smudges of ash on their foreheads.

“The best part I like about this Ashes to Go program is the stories,” Newman said.

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