NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It launched the 40-day period in the Western Church that lasts until midnight on Easter Sunday.
In downtown Nashville, First Lutheran Church held a drive-by Ash Wednesday service on the corner of Eighth Avenue and McGavock Street.
Pastor Pam Smith placed a cross of ashes on worshipper’s foreheads as they passed by.
“I thought here in downtown Nashville, people might have a difficult time getting back to their home churches for services on Ash Wednesday, and we thought it would be appropriate to bring the church out into the community and not always expect the community to come into the church,” Pastor Smith explained to News 2.
“I was walking by and saw there was a priest out here, and I knew I was going to make it to church since I have a full day of work, so I decided to stop by,” said Melanie Blanche.
During Lent, many believers will give up something, such as their favorite food or pleasurable activities.
It’s done in remembrance of Jesus’ fasting in the wilderness.