• Ash Wednesday

    "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

    This is a day of universal fast and abstinence in the Church. On this day ashes are blessed and imposed after the homily. These ashes are of branches of the olivetree, or according to custom, of the palm tree or other trees, which have been blessed the previous year. ( Ordo 2021, 67)
  • Instructions During Pandemic

    The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a note detailing how Catholic priests are to distribute ashes.
    After blessing the ashes and sprinkling them with holy water in silence, the priest addresses those present, reciting once the formula found in the Roman Missal: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

    At that point, the note continues, the priest “cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask, and distributes ashes to those who come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing in their places.”

    He then sprinkles the ashes on each person’s head “without saying anything.”