February 14 at Old First: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, and comes out of the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The imposition of ashes is a strangely joyful receiving of the somber admonition to “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Old First will be offering ashes to the public outside on our 7th Avenue steps from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome, no questions asked.

For more information or to volunteer for a two-hour shift giving ashes, please sign up here.