The season of Lent begins on…
Ash Wednesday ~ February 17, 2021
The pandemic we are in will cause a slight change in the way in which ashes are distributed. It is a change that is allowed for in the ritual. In fact, it is the regular way in which ashes are distributed in some countries, but it will look different to us in the United States.
On account of our current health situation, touching is a health risk. Therefore, instead of tracing the sign of the cross on the forehead with ashes, ashes will be sprinkled on the head instead of being imposed with the thumb on the forehead.
Distribution of Ashes in Time of Pandemic
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. . . The Priest takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying anything.
From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the
Discipline of the Sacraments, 12 January 2021
Ash Wednesday Schedule
North door open at 8:00am
North door open at 11:00am