Ashes may be imposed (laid) on the heads of participants on Ash Wednesday as a sign of mortality and penitence. The ashes are imposed with the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" (BCP, p. 265). Ashes are typically imposed by inscribing a cross on the forehead. The imposition of ashes has been practiced on Ash Wednesday since the ninth century. Anyone who desires to receive them is welcome to do so. If you do not have time to participate in an Ash Wednesday worship service, but would like to have ashes imposed on you, try our Ashes to Go service in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.
Trails and more!
Whether you are interested in riding the rapids on the Stonycreek River or hiking the award-winning Ghost Town Trail, you've come to the destination for outdoor fun! Once you've tackled our outdoor recreation, stick around for our history and hertiage attractions.