For Ash Wednesday, a church in Ireland is giving a drive-thru blessing service for those who do not have time to make Evening mass.
St. Patrick’s Church in Glenamaddy, Galway County, is offering this service due to changing of attitudes towards attending church and parishioners balancing their more demanding lives in the modern world.
As well as 30 second blessing, involving the spreading of ashes, there will also be a Lenton petition box for parishioners to submit their prayers.
Ashes on the go… steady flow of cars availing of “Drive Thru” service in Glenamaddy, Co. Galway this morning – more on @morningireland pic.twitter.com/CtTzwIcnKJ
— Pat McGrath (@patmcgrath) March 1, 2017
Father Paddy Mooney (seen in the embedded video above) agreed to this more modern approach with the parish council and told the Irish Catholic Magazine:
We looked at the situation on the ground, people and families are on the move all the time… It’s about meeting people where they are…
Ash Wednesday, in Christianity, marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day-long fast in European churches.
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