Ash Wednesday Means Services, and Business It's Ash Wednesday, and some may wonder: Where does all that ash come from? Many parishes save palms from Palm Sunday in preparation. But in recent years, churches have begun supplementing their ash stocks by ordering from a commercial supplier.
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Ash Wednesday Means Services, and Business

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It's Ash Wednesday, and some may wonder: Where does all that ash come from?

Father Otto Koltzenburg of Holy Family Parish in Auburn, Wash., says his parish will serve over 1,100 families and mount three services today.

The parish's youth group burns palms saved from Palm Sunday in preparation for its Ash Wednesday ceremonies. But in recent years, Holy Family Parish began supplementing its ash stocks by ordering from a commercial supplier.

F.C. Ziegler Company of Tulsa, Okla., offers palm ashes for religious services in vials and quart-sized bags. Ziegler president Dennis Ziegler says his company has sold hundreds of both varieties in preparation for Ash Wednesday.

Melissa Block talks with Koltzenburg and Ziegler.

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