U.S. faithful mark Ash Wednesday from a distance, celebrate Purim with drive-through carnivals

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By Sharon Bernstein and Rich McKay (Reuters) — Kimberly Hendricks will usher in the somber Christian period of Lent on Ash Wednesday from the parking lot of her Sacramento church instead of its sanctuary thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. She and the other congregants of St. John’s Lutheran Church in California will listen to the familiar prayers from their car radios before marking their own foreheads with a cross using ash and oil they mixed themselves. «It’s not perfect, but it’s what we can do right now,» said Hendricks, 50. Nearly a year since the pandemic curbed large gatherings, communiti…

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