Church Offers Drive-Through Ash Wednesday Blessings


Need a little grace on the go?

Churches all over the country are making it easier for parishioners pressed for time to get their Ash Wednesday blessing… via the drive-thru.

For example, the Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church in Cincinnati will let churchgoers in a rush roll down their windows and get a blessing in the parking lot from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM tonight.

“Some people are very busy, and some people get a little intimidated walking into a church, this is for them,” Rev. Patricia Anderson Cook told the Cincinnati Enquirer when her church started the practice last year.

“Anywhere a car can pull over, I’ll go right up to their window,” said Rev. Mike Tess, pastor of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wisconsin.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent – the 40 days of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter Sunday. In observance of this day, ashes are traditionally placed on the forehead as a sign of repentance.

But don’t worry – in addition to ashes, most churches will also provide a church brochure and Lenten booklet to parking lot visitors.

“It’s a drive-thru,” said Cook. “Not a drive-by.”

Megan Sayers is the managing editor for ModernMom. Follow her on Twitter @MeganSayers 

[Photo credit: Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit]



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