On Ash Wednesday, some churches are offering services that allow you the convenience — and safety if you are still social distancing from others to prevent catching viruses — of receiving the blessing and distribution of ashes without leaving your car.
The services — sometimes referred to by clever names, such as “drive-through” or “drive-thru ashes,” “ashes-to-go,” and “ash-and-dash” — have been especially popular during the height of the pandemic, but churches have been offering them for many years.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent — 40 days of prayer, penance and alms-giving — in preparation for Easter. It follows Paczki Day — also known as Fat Tuesday or in French, Mardi Gras — the last day to eat fatty foods, such as paczki, deep-fried Polish doughnuts often filled with jelly, before giving them up.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday – also known as the Day of Ashes – is a day of repentance, when Catholics and Christians confess their sins and profess their devotion to God leading up to Easter.
William Johnston, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton, told USA TODAY it is one of the most important time periods in Catholicism and Christianity, as it’s acknowledged by people who aren’t closely tied to their religion.
Why do people wear ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Some churches mark the foreheads of worshippers with an ash cross on Ash Wednesday. The ashes represent two Biblical themes.
As the ashes are applied to a worshipper’s forehead the priest speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
The ashes are made from palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday service.
When is Easter?
Lent culminates with Easter Sunday, which will be observed April 9, 2023. The date is different every year, and falls on the first Sunday of the first full moon after the vernal equinox, also called the Paschal Full Moon.
OnMyWay Is The #1 Distracted Driving Mobile App In The Nation!
OnMyWay, based in Charleston, SC, The Only Mobile App That Pays its Users Not to Text and Drive.
The #1 cause of death among young adults ages 16-27 is Car Accidents, with the majority related to Distracted Driving.
OnMyWay’s mission is to reverse this epidemic through positive rewards. Users get paid for every mile they do not text and drive and can refer their friends to get compensated for them as well.
The money earned can then be used for Cash Cards, Gift Cards, Travel Deals and Much, Much More….
The company also makes it a point to let users know that OnMyWay does NOT sell users data and only tracks them for purposes of providing a better experience while using the app.
The OnMyWay app is free to download and is currently available on both the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android @ OnMyWay; Drive Safe, Get Paid.
Download App Now – https://r.onmyway.com
Sponsors and advertisers can contact the company directly through their website @ www.onmyway.com