Ash Wednesday Liturgical Guidelines

Published February 16, 2021, 10:35 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

-The Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes and sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything.ย 

-He addresses all those present and only once, says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal, applying it to all in general: “๐‘๐ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ญ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฅโ€, or “๐‘๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐งโ€.

-The Priest has two options in the manner of imposing ashes on the faithful. a. by sprinkling ashes on their head which was also done last year. b. by using cotton balls in applying ashes on their forehead

-Each of the faithful who wants to receive the imposition of ashes approaches the minister. 

-The minister, with the aid of a cotton ball dipped into the vessel of the blessed ashes, traces the cross on the forehead of the faithful.

-The minister uses a different cotton ball for each of the faithful.

-The faithful who could come to church on  Ash Wednesday will be given a small plastic sachet containing blessed ashes that they in turn can impose to their family members.

-Those who cannot come to church on this day can join the celebration of the Mass of Ash Wednesday on TV and other online means. 

-They then receive the ashes from family members who were able to go to church for the celebration and will bring home ashes for them.

-Parishes  are given the guide for family prayer and imposition of ashes.

(Based on the guidelines issued on Feb. 4, 2021 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Liturgy (CBCP-ECL), chaired by Baguio Bishop Victor Bendico)