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Can't slow down? Get your ashes to go

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Jim Alberty receives ashes from Rev. Shirley Bowen on a sidewalk in downtown Portland, Maine, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22. Rev. Tim Higgins, left, and Rev. Peter Bowen look on.

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Father Peter Siwek puts ashes on the forehead of a commuter at an L train stop in Chicago during a celebration of Ash Wednesday on Feb 22.

In an attempt to reach out to busy people who would not be able to attend Ash Wednesday services at their local churches, several ministries across the country are hitting the streets with programs like "Ashes to go."

"More and more, people's schedules keep them from attending church, especially those who commute into NYC, so we are taking the ashes to them," Rev. Andrew Butler told The Montclair Times in New Jersey.

In Portland Maine, "You're on the go, so the Episcopal Churches of Southern Maine brings the ashes to you" is the church's motto for the holiday.

 Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time when Christians prepare for Easter through acts of penitence and prayer.

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Reverend Ethan Jewett with Saint Clement's Episcopal Church waits to place ash on a worshipers' foreheads on Ash Wednesday at the corner of Chestnut and 19th Streets in Philadelphia.

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Father Peter Siwek puts ashes on the forehead of a commuter in Chicago during Ash Wednesday.

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