Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service Is a Godsend

ash wednesdayIf you're feeling a little tired and worn out from all that king cake you ate at that Mardi Gras party on Fat Tuesday and you're not sure if you have the energy to sit through an Ash Wednesday mass, do I have a church for you. It's Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, and Rev. Patricia Anderson Cook is setting up shop in the church parking lot at 5 p.m. to hand out ashes in flashes to busy and/or lazy and/or otherwise inclined Catholics who don't want to or can't attend the 7 p.m. service.

Along with her drive-thru express Ash Wednesday blessing, the Reverend will be handing out pamphlets about the church and a Lenten booklet. For some, it's a real godsend.


But for others, it's a dilution of the purpose of Ash Wednesday. But personally, I just don't choose to see it like that. To me, it doesn't matter if you take 60 seconds out of your day to pause and think about your faith or 60 minutes -- it's whatever fits with your lifestyle and your personal belief system.

According the the NY Daily News, there are more than 50 churches that are offering ashes to Catholics in unorthodox places like bus stops, train stations, and school campuses, and I gotta say, I don't see anything wrong with it. People can celebrate or not celebrate their faith as much or as little as they want to, and if getting ashes in a drive-thru setting or while they're waiting for their commuter train makes them happy and feel more connected to their religion, then by all means.

Who cares if you wanna stand in line all night to buy your child the hottest Christmas toy or if you want to attend a drive-thru Ash Wednesday service -- your faith is your business.

What do you think about the drive-thru Ash Wednesday service?


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