Deacon brings "Ashes to Go" for Panama City Beach locals

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It might not be the first place that comes to mind, but it's where several in Panama City Beach received their ashes on this Ash Wednesday.

Several people received their ashes outside the Carousel Supermarket in Panama City Beach on Ash Wednesday thanks to Deacon Richards' "Ashes to Go" setup. (WJHG/WECP)

Deacon Ed Richards of Grace and St. Thomas Episcopal Churches brought ashes to locals at the west end of Panama City Beach Wednesday with an "Ashes to Go" setup outside of the Carousel Supermarket on Front Beach Road.

While this was the first time Deacon Richards held an "Ashes to Go" at the Carousel, he's held this kind of event before.

On Wednesday morning he also held an "Ashes to Go" in the parking lot of the Grace Episcopal Church for the third year in a row.

"Rather than having to go to church and spend time in a service which lasts up to an hour, you can just be done here," said Deacon Richards.

Receiving ashes in the shape of a cross on your forehead is a celebration of Ash Wednesday honoring the first day of Lent.

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