Cantonment Church Offers Drive-Thru Ashes For Ash Wednesday

The Rev. Gina Jenkins makes the sign of the cross on a motorist's forehead Wednesday during Christ Episcopal Church's annual 'Ashes to Go' event in Slidell

They're getting their ashes to go.

Senior pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church, Bob Holliday whispers a short prayer as he makes the sign of the cross on a woman's forehead using ashes.

Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday.

The faithful lined up early Wednesday morning to receive ashes here at Saint Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.


St Patrick's church posted about the service on Facebook last night, saying: "Ash Wednesday drive through in Glen'". I just had a lady say, 'I just moved here. We should ask ourselves today: Where do I stand? They wanted to start the Lent season right, but factors like long commutes, busy schedules and taking care of kids made them fearful they'd miss out on an evening church service.

Although some people scoff at the idea and believe it devalues the Christian holy day, Stanford said otherwise. They are then blessed before being used in the ceremony.

Standford even to-go ashes are a sign of sorrow for the things people have done wrong.

"The sanctity, see, is what you hold in your heart not what we do in the parking lot", Holliday said.

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