14 Feb 2018
No time for Ash Wednesday? Get ‘drive-thru ashes.’
At his last parish in Ridgewood, the Rev. Daniel Gunn would oversee several services on Ash Wednesday where the faithful would line up to receive the traditional ashes on their foreheads.
But the Episcopal priest spent much of his time between services administering ashes to parishioners popping into his office because they couldn’t make the services.
After about 25 or 30 people stopped by one Ash Wednesday, Gunn had an idea: Why not make receiving ashes easy — like McDonald’s easy?
So, the following year, he put up signs offering “drive-thru ashes” in the parking lot of Christ Church in Ridgewood. To his shock, more than 150 people pulled up in their cars.