Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday, signals the beginning of the season of Lent and is a day of fasting and abstinence.
Our Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Luke's will be celebrated outdoors at 10:00am. As we receive the ashes, we express our sorrow over our sins and ask for the grace to turn our hearts back to the Lord, who suffered, died and rose for our salvation.
GUIDELINES ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES
This year, instead of tracing a cross of ashes on the forehead, ashes will be distributed by the ancient custom of sprinkling over the crown of the head. This practice is used extensively in Europe and the Holy See has mandated it be used throughout the world this year.
After the homily, the priest will bless the ashes as usual and recite the invocation over everyone. With masks on, each worshipper will come forward in a line. When you reach the minister, please bow your head slightly and the minister will sprinkle ashes onto the crown of your head. Note that neither the minister nor the receiver says anything. Once you have received ashes, you can return to your seat.
"Repent and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:15)