• Ash Wednesday: Lent begins this week. Planners should consult with priests and deacons to determine the best schedule for Masses that day and whether other times of distributing ashes are needed. Chapter 51 of the Book of Blessings reminds us that distribution of ashes outside of Mass should be offered in the context of a celebration of the word. Even when ashes are brought to the sick, “at least one Scripture reading should be included.” The rubrics note that the service may be celebrated by a priest or deacon and that lay ministers may assist with the distribution. Be sure to have some soapy water or wet wipes for the distributors to clean their hands after the distribution.
Adapted: LAWRENCE MICK ©2018: The pastoral/worship planning resource from 2018 Reflections, 2020 Reflections can be read at National Catholic Reporter website.
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