Ash Wednesday is the first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and are imposed with the sign of the cross. Ash Wednesday is observed as a fast in the church year of the Episcopal Church. In our busier work days with longer commutes, the Episcopal Church has adapted to also delivering ashes to-go. The priest stands in a safe, but well-traveled traffic area and offers ashes to commuters who may not otherwise have access to them during the day.