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.