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Ash Wednesday in a pandemic: Local church offers drive-thru ashes on backs of hands

Ash Wednesday is operating a little differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Ash Wednesday is operating a little differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, parishioners were able to receive ashes on the back of their hands in a drive-thru. The church is also opting for an online service.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Christians, ending on Easter.

Pastors at St. Paul are available from noon to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information about Ash Wednesday or St. Paul's services, click here.