This Galway parish is offering a drive-thru Ash Wednesday service

Clay Curtis
March 8, 2019

Francis led a traditional procession between two churches on Rome's Aventine Hill and later said Mass during which he had ashes rubbed onto his head by a cardinal in a rite meant to remind people of their mortality.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter.

St. David's Episcopal on 12 Mile in Southfield is offering drive-thru ashes.

For participants, placing ashes on the forehead is considered a sign of repentance.

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More than 200 people of different Christian denominations visited the quiet suburban church's parking lot for to-go ashes previous year, and the church expects that number to keep growing, Gunn said.

Rev. Dr. Jared Cramer will also offer ashes to go Wednesday 8-10 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.in Grand Haven near the Fifth Third Bank just north of Robbins Road, according to the Grand Haven Tribune.

One year, Gunn said he spent most of his time between services administering ashes to parishioners who popped into his office because they couldn't make the scheduled services.

The church has traditional services at noon and 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday.

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