NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The End of Carnival Season signals the start of Lent Wednesday.
Many Christians in the area and around the world will head to church this Ash Wednesday to receive ashes.
For those pressed for time, Munholland United Methodist Church is offering ashes-to-go at their church on Metairie Road. Those interested can drive by and receive ashes from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The church is located at 1201 Metairie Road Metairie, LA 70005.
Gretna United Methodist Church is also offering drive-thru ashes at their location on 1309 Whitney Avenue, 70056. Rev. Roger Templeton will distribute ashes from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Chalmette residents can receive ashes-to-go at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on 2825 Paris Rd, 70043. Pastor Sandra Barnes will be distributing the ashes from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For those on the North Shore, Christ Episcopal Church-Slidell will be offering ashes-to-go from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 1534 7th Street.
Ash Wednesday signals the start of 40 days of fasting and reflection leading up to Easter.
This year Easter falls on Sunday, April 1.