Video: Priests and pastors hit the streets in Oak Park and River Forest to offer ashes

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By Meghan Power

Digital Editor

Priests and pastors from Oak Park and River Forest took to the streets on Ash Wednesday to offer ashes marking the beginning of Lent. The Rev. Shawn M. Schreiner, who brought the idea to Oak Park from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, stood on the Harlem Green Line platform early Wednesday morning.

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Non-Christian Commuter from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2012 1:22 PM

Separation of church and state-run public transportation anyone? Perhaps not as intrusive as the Christians who preach from the bible to captive commuters from the aisles of CTA trains, but part of the same slippery slope.

Pot kettle black  

Posted: February 24th, 2012 11:28 AM

Last I read from you- you boycotted Mass. More laughter.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 24th, 2012 10:58 AM

Just did. Need a shave.

Pot kettle black  

Posted: February 24th, 2012 10:54 AM

Murtagh saying anything is harsh is funny. Look in the mirror John

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 11:35 PM

Gee Dan, that sounds a bit harsh. I think it brings a little sunshine to the train ride. Of course, I would not get ashes. As shown in the video only women get outdoor ashes. Guys definitely do not like outdoor religion.

Libbey Paul from Oak Park  

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 8:03 PM



Posted: February 23rd, 2012 6:17 PM

May God save us from this unwarranted intrusion. Religion should be a much more private matter than it's become in today's America. I think the message of that nice Jewish boy "Jesus," is lost when people feel the need to proclaim their faith to all they pass by.

Priestly Gal from Chicago  

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 10:04 AM

This is a wonderful video depicting a marvelous liturgy -- taking the church to the streets.

Melissa from  

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 9:51 AM

Beautiful video - very touching.

Former Catholic  

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 8:35 AM

Yeah, girls are icky. Ask any priest you happen to see.

EP Mom  

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 8:01 AM

Your religion doesn't let priests marry either, but I doubt you'd say a married Greek Orthodox priest shouldn't be called a priest.


Posted: February 22nd, 2012 9:40 PM

There is no such thing as a woman priest in my religion.

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