Some Catholics who couldn't make it to church this morning got their "Ashes on the Go."
Father Tony Prandini with Good Shepard Catholic Parish was conducting Ash Wednesday rituals -- marking foreheads -- outside of the State Capitol.
"Last year probably we had a little over 100 people stop and talk to us. Good conversations whether they received ashes or not," Prandini said.
Several congregations were throughout downtown for the first day of Lent, a period of penance, fasting, and sacrifice.
Phillip Hilton took his ashes at 13th and L Streets.
"It reminds people that spirituality isn't something that's inside a building," Hilton said.
The "Ashes to Go" movement began in 2010 at train stations in Chicago.