This Church In Canada Is Offering "Drive-Thru Blessings" For Ash Wednesday
Canadian Memorial United Church in Vancouver is offering drive-thru blessings for Ash Wednesday.
If you're religious yourself, you may be familiar with Sunday church service or visiting your local temple for evening prayer. What you might find surprising is that there's a church in Canada that decided to offer drive-thru blessings in honour of Ash Wednesdays, and no, I'm not joking.
A local church in Vancouver, BC is making it easier for Christians to get their blessings by offering a quick drive-thru option. According to CBC News, all you have to do is show up on Ash Wednesday, honk at the drive-thru and a minister will appear to bless you.
In gearing up for the Easter holidays, Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday, the holy day of repentance and reflection. Christians that celebrate the sacred day do so by smudging ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross.
If you're hoping to celebrate Ash Wednesday but don't have the time to stop into a church, the Canadian Memorial United Church is offering drive-thru blessings, where you will receive an ash smudging by a minister and you'll be sent on your way.
Even though it sounds like this church's drive-thru blessings could compare to picking up a double-double at Tim Hortons on your way to work, the tradition is still sacred.
For a bit more context, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in Western Christian Church. The name of the day derives from the placement of repentance ashes smudged on the forehead of religious followers.
The ashes are smudged in a cross pattern and the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." are usually spoken during the smudging.
Ash Wednesday usually marks the beginning of Lent, when many devoted Christians begin to abstain from a certain luxury until Easter Sunday. Minister Hayward told CBC News, that it's easier for families to come out to church on Sundays but the middle of the week is a bit more tricky. This is why they wanted to offer an "on-the-go" method for Ash Wednesday in means of a drive-thru.