Ashes and Holy Eucharist


On Ash Wednesday (2/14), Bishop Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez will offer ashes and prayer at The Church of the Crucifixion, 620 S. 8th Street in Philadelphia, starting at 8 a.m. All are invited to attend.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, traditionally a time in which Christians reflect the past and consider the possibilities of new beginnings.  The church, which has been closed for the two years, began in 1847 as the second predominantly African-American Episcopal church in the city. Forty years later the church building was completed and the congregation moved to 8th Street to worship; and outreach to the homeless began immediately. This commitment to service was a hallmark of Crucifixion for many years.


“In this season of new beginnings, and being led by the Holy Spirit, we are praying over all options for this sacred and historic space,” said Gutiérrez.  “Working with the deanery, laity, clergy, congregations, and the entire Diocese we will discern how this holy space will awaken with new life.” Members of the Diocesan, Crucifixion and Bella Vista communities can offer feedback at