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Ash Wednesday

February 17


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Mass celebrating the beginning of the Lenten Season in the Catholic Church.  See your local parish for Mass times.

During this time of pandemic, the Holy See has modified the method of distributing the ashes, as outlined in the following “Note”: The Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes. He sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything. Then he addresses all those present and only once says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal, applying it to all in general: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”, or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. The Priest then cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask and distributes the ashes to those who come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing in their places. The Priest takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying anything. Notice there is to be no touching the forehead.

Because this is a change in the custom for ashes in our country, this should be explained to the assembly beforehand. The distribution takes place at the normal time after the homily, though it can also be done outside of Mass with a word service.


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