If a person comes a bit late to Minchah, and the tzibbur is about to begin shemoneh esrei, he should join them immediately in saying “shemoneh esrei.” After Minchah, he should say “ashrei,” but only as reciting pesukim, not as “the obligatory” ashrei.
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayakhel/Pekudei (Parah) 5778
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Lev Seltzer has been a member of Beis Tefillah from just a short time after its founding. He currently manages the BTYA.org website, and can be found every morning in the BTYA "Vasikin Room" where he is the gabbai of the minyon.