Church plans Ash Wednesday drive-thru

Mar 01, 2017, 00:32

Catholics traditionally go to mass and have their foreheads marked with an ash in the shape of a cross to mark the first day of Lent.

The service will being at noon, however, ashes will be imposed until 1:00 p.m.

The Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church will observe the solemn fast of Ash Wednesday with Holy Communion and optional imposition of ashes on Wednesday, March 1.

Parish priests say they get more people at church that day than nearly any other - excluding Christmas and Easter - and the congregations are usually much bigger than for Holy Thursday or Good Friday services.

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Some Chicago-area churches plan to provide ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday as a sign of support for the LGBTQ community, a change to the religious ritual not all clergy have embraced.

Each year, about a dozen people pull into the parking lot to meet Cramer and participate in Ashes to Go. "As people get busier and busier, we need the church in new and non-traditional ways". The "Glitter Ash Wednesday" initiative was created by the NY faith-based organization "Parity".

A Christian think tank says an LGBT advocacy group is attempting to politicize the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season.

Ash Wednesday also is one of two days, along with Good Friday, that are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholic adults - meaning no eating meat and eating only one full meal and two smaller meals. We especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives.

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