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Commuters receive ashes to go at Arlington Heights Metra station

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  • The Rev. Elizabeth Butler Jameson of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights gives ashes to commuter Bridget Jeffrief of Palatine at the Arlington Heights train station on Ash Wednesday.

      The Rev. Elizabeth Butler Jameson of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights gives ashes to commuter Bridget Jeffrief of Palatine at the Arlington Heights train station on Ash Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Craig Annunziata of Arlington Heights received ashes Wednesday morning at the Arlington Heights Metra station.

      Craig Annunziata of Arlington Heights received ashes Wednesday morning at the Arlington Heights Metra station.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Beth Carter, 28, a member of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights, gives ashes to a commuter Wednesday at the Arlington Heights Metra station.

      Beth Carter, 28, a member of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights, gives ashes to a commuter Wednesday at the Arlington Heights Metra station.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Rev. Elizabeth Butler Jameson of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights wore her clerical vestments on Ash Wednesday morning at the Arlington Heights Metra station.

      The Rev. Elizabeth Butler Jameson of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights wore her clerical vestments on Ash Wednesday morning at the Arlington Heights Metra station.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Beth Carter, 28, a member of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights, gives ashes to Elizabeth Eich of Arlington Heights at the Metra station on Ash Wednesday.

      Beth Carter, 28, a member of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights, gives ashes to Elizabeth Eich of Arlington Heights at the Metra station on Ash Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Beth Carter, 28, a member of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights, gives ashes to Bob Rebl of Elk Grove Village at the Arlington Heights Metra station on Ash Wednesday.

      Beth Carter, 28, a member of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights, gives ashes to Bob Rebl of Elk Grove Village at the Arlington Heights Metra station on Ash Wednesday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Coffee, check. Newspaper, check. Ashes, check.

Commuters at the Arlington Heights Metra station on Ash Wednesday morning had the opportunity to receive "ashes to go" on a day that marks the start of the Lenten season of penance and prayer for Christians.

The Rev. Elizabeth Butler Jameson and Beth Carter of St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights marked the foreheads of commuters with the sign of the cross as they waited for their trains.

St. Simon's, like a number of other suburban churches, has been offering ashes on train platforms for the past several years.

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