The past couple of years have really been different as we entered the Lenten season in Western New York and things will be a bit different on Day #1. A lot of churches will return to doing ashes in person on Ash Wednesday, but a lot will continue to do the ashes to go after seeing the convenience of it over the last two years.

So, before you decide what you want to give up on Wednesday for the next 40 days, Buffalo knows they can eat as many paczkis as you possibly can today on Fat Tuesday.

On Ash Wednesday, you can go see your priest, which will be doing a more 'distanced' ashing tradition. Something that is more commonly used in Europe to this day. Instead, the ashes will be sprinkled on the crown of your head.

If you do not want to do that, there will be churches in the Western New York area that will allow you to do the drive thru ashes.

All the times vary*

Calvary Episcopal Church

20 Milton St, Williamsville, NY 14221

Blessed Sacrament Church –  Buffalo

1035 Delaware Ave.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Buffalo

1080 Main St.

St. Paul’s - Clarence 

4275 Harris Hill Rd. 14221

What is the significance of Ash Wednesday, anyway?

Ash Wednesday is important because it marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected. The ashes symbolize both death and repentance. During this period, Christians show repentance and mourning for their sins, because they believe Christ died for them", according to

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