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Ash Wednesday drive-through is a hit, in Ireland

Ash Wednesday drive-through is a hit, in Ireland

As American Catholic notes, this is why New Orleans' famous party abruptly ends when the clock strikes midnight, and Ash Wednesday begins, which is today, March 1.

At the Cathedral Church, Kohima Holy Mass with the imposition of ashes was presided over by Rev. Fr. Carolus Neisalhou, vicar general of the diocese of Kohima.

"The Lent reflects the suffering of Jesus in the desert when he prayed and fasted for 40 days", he said.

He, however, said that there are also some people who are exempted from such practice like the very young ones, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who are sick.

A driveway for Catholics marking the start of the Lent season led right past the front door of the church. Ashes from the burned palms of the preceding year's Palm Sunday are blessed.

"Glitter can not not be darkened, it's there for everyone, and I thought this was a really good way to celebrate", said Yolanda Adams, coordinator of ministries at the church, which also houses the LGBT youth group Youth OUTright and the office of Campaign for Southern Equality, a nonprofit fighting for the equal rights of LGBT people across the south.

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Union Township resident Mike Bodnar said he had dropped his wife off at work and saw the sign on Bullseye Lake Road when he made a decision to pull in for ashes.

The 40 days period is treated as a time where people dedicate their faith in fasting from festivities and food. The ashes are symbolic of the matter from which God created us.

One Wednesday every winter, it's not unusual to see people walking around with a black mark smeared on their foreheads. That isn't the core of who we are as Christians though.

One man told Henry: "This is a great reminder of hard days in our history when, through repression and other factors, we were unable to attend church". All Saints' traditional Ash Wednesday service will be at 6 p.m. inside the church.

Several churches throughout the Chicago area are planning to show their support for the LGBTQ community by providing ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday. But knowing we have to be alert and in control of our instincts, having to fight the temptation to indulge in something we enjoy, reminds us of our discipleship and God's presence throughout our life.

"We must live a life of sacrifice, love and kindness", he said.


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