New Orleans area church offers drive-thru for Ash Wednesday

Church offers drive-thru ashes

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - For the faithful on the go, one church is making it easy to get ashes Wednesday.

Munholland United Methodist Church in Old Metairie will offer drive-thru ashes from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The end of Carnival season means many Christians will begin observances of Lent.

Ash Wednesday launches the 40 day Lent period that lasts until midnight on Easter Sunday. The most familiar Ash Wednesday tradition is receiving ashes in the form of a cross on the forehead.

During Lent, many believers will give up something, such as their favorite food. That is done in remembrance of Jesus' fasting in the wilderness.
Another custom for Christians during Lent is taking up acts of charity.

Munholland Church leaders say the drive-thru is a perfect opportunity for people who have no church home, do not have time to go to a traditional service, or who have issues with mobility, to get their ashes.

The church is located at 1201 Metairie Rd.

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