St Mary’s Episcopal Church Reverends to host Imposition of Ashes

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St Mary’s Episcopal Church Reverends Lester Mackenzie AHC and Andrea Paddock will provide the service of the Imposition of Ashes at the South Laguna Community Garden Park on Feb. 14 at the Community Garden Park. Submitted photo

On Feb. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., The Reverend Lester Mackenzie AHC, rector of St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Beach and retired Reverend Deacon Andrea Paddock will provide the service of the Imposition of Ashes at the South Laguna Community Garden Park (31610 Coast Hwy.).

This event is part of a national program called “Ashes to Go,” developed to “bring the church out into the community” and offer a convenient way for parishioners to stop by to receive ashes instead of attending the traditional service. Traditionally, on Ash Wednesday, which falls 40 days before Easter, ashes placed on the forehead are meant to remind Christians of their mortality and mark the beginning of Lent.

For many years, Reverend Andrea Paddock, a longtime South Laguna resident, has been coming annually to the Garden Park to provide this service to the community. The Reverends Mackenzie and Paddock are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new members of the community. Please direct questions to St Mary’s (949) 494-3542.

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