Posts Tagged ‘Ash Wednesday’

Ashes on Second Sunday of Lent!

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Large congregations of Auckland Catholics are likely to finally receive their Ash Wednesday ashes on the second Sunday of Lent! Auckland diocese spokeswoman Dame Lyndsay Freer said many of Auckland’s 189,000 Catholics had not received the ashes as they usually would on Ash Wednesday. This was because of the Covid alert level 3 then alert Read more

Archbishop grants Catholics dispensation from fasting, abstinence on Ash Wednesday

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Due to the ongoing winter storm, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller has granted Catholics a dispensation from fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and says ashes will be allowed to be given at the end of masses through the weekend if parishioners don’t receive them Wednesday. Archdiocese officials said that many churches in the area Read more

In pictures: Ash Wednesday disrupted

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Pope Francis celebrated Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, reminding faithful the Lenten period leading to Easter celebrations is a journey and “an exodus from slavery to freedom.” “Lent is a journey of return to God,” the pope said during his homily on Feb. 17, to the socially distanced faithful attending the Mass. “Right now, Read more

Global modification to Ash Wednesday ceremonies

Monday, February 15th, 2021
Ash Wednesday impacted by Covid-19

Churches around the world have modified Ash Wednesday ceremonies due to the impact of Covid-19. The holy day of prayer and fasting is one of the highest contact observances on the liturgical calendar. It takes place on 17 February this year. Many churches mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent with clergy marking Read more

Ash Wednesday on Sunday! COVID continues to disrupt

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Ash Wednesday on Sunday is a possibility. Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Patrick Dunn identified the option in messages to pastoral leaders and people in their respective dioceses. “If the Alert Level changes back to Level 1 on Wednesday night, we will look at having the belling and distribution of the ashes at Masses next Read more

Apology after teacher makes student remove Ash Wednesday cross

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

A fourth-grade student says he wasn’t allowed to wear the ash cross on his forehead on Ash Wednesday His teacher gave him a wipe and told him to take it off Read more Related Posts:Classmates support student after Catholic priest has her…Christchurch relief teacher issued stern warning over racist…Wellington’s St Mary’s College closes due to protestChurch Read more

Ash Wednesday: Would you like a little glitter with your Ashes?

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Glitter Ash project, created by New York nonprofit Parity, encouraged clergy to mix glitter into the ashes this year, to represent the inclusion of LGBT people in Christian life. Glitter in the ashes, Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen wrote on a whiteboard, is “a symbol of the gritty, glittery, scandalous hope that exists within all of Read more

Start Lent the easy way with “coffee and ashes to go”

Friday, March 7th, 2014

A church in Tiverton, Rhode Island, made it easy to receive the Ashes this year. The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church hosted Ashes to Go, a drive-by distribution of ashes for the faithful. “We are trying to get our church outside the four walls of our church building,” said the Rev. John Higginbotham, priest-in-charge of Holy Read more

Pope Benedict celebrates his last public Mass at St Peters

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Pope Benedict celebrated his last Mass as pope in St Peters today. The weary pope said his public farewell to his flock by presiding over the traditional Ash Wednesday liturgy and by receiving the ashes on his head, a reminder to him that while infallible he is still one of us. In his homily, Benedict Read more

Ash Wednesday to be Benedict’s last Mass

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Pope Benedict’s last Mass as pope is on Ash Wednesday, and it will be held in St Peter’s. Benedict XVI was scheduled to preside over the traditional Ash Wednesday Lenten Stations of the Cross at Sant’ Anselmo church, followed by a procession to Santa Sabina Basilica on Rome’s Aventine Hill. “It’s very clear that St. Read more