A Rockland church is taking an Ash Wednesday tradition to the streets. "This Ash Wednesday, we will make that spark easier to see".
This year, parish priest Father Paddy Mooney said the church opened the drive-through blessing to help families who were unable to attend Mass. The words spoken during the imposition of the ashes are "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".
If there were ever a year to bring a little more sparkle to the Ash Wednesday ritual, organizers of the Glitter + Ash campaign say now is the time.
He, however, said that there are also some people who are exempted from such practice like the very young ones, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who are sick.
"I'm giving up dessert for Lent and also making an effort to read the Bible a little each night", said Megan Hackett, a sophomore.
Shrove Tuesday commemorates the eve of Lent (40 days and nights of fasting and prayers before Easter), and is a day where one confesses one's sins and asks God for absolution.
On Ash Wednesday, March 1, First Congregational Church of Fryeburg United Church of Christ will offer "Ashes to Go", a 21st century approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition.
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Several Chicago area churches this year plan to mix a purple glitter with the ashes to show a sign of support for the LGBTQ community.
Ash Wednesday is the traditional start of the Lenten season, that includes the 40 days that lead up to Easter Sunday. Why do most Christians leave the ashes on until the end of the day?
Traditionally, Christians will make pancakes to use up rich, indulgent foods such as eggs and milk on the day before Lent. This is the first day of Lent, when we follow in the footsteps of Jesus as he prepared for his public ministry by spending forty days in the desert wrestling with Satan.
"Lent really is spring training and is a great time to get ourselves back into what we should be doing all of the time", Skoneki said.
Why do Christians give things up for Lent?
The Galway church's modern approach is created to appeal to those who do not have time to attend a Mass service. Ashes have typically been used as sign of repentance.