Ash Wednesday, and the start of the Lenten season, will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 17th.
- 6:15 am—English
- 8:00 am—English
- 8:30pm—English Prayer Service
Note: The 8:30pm Prayer Service will include the blessing and imposition of ashes, but will not have Communion.
Archdiocese of Miami – Guidelines issued for Ash Wednesday
The blessing and distribution of ashes to the faithful on Ash Wednesday can take place in the usual way, following the guidance already in place relative to worship in a time of public health concern.
- Masks must be worn by everyone, including the ministers, during the distribution of ashes.
- As needed, the deacon or lay ministers may join the priest in imposing ashes on the faithful.
- Ministers should sanitize their hands before the distribution of ashes.
- Ashes may not be self-imposed: They are always given by a minister.
- The wearing of ashes, while customary and laudable, is not an obligation of the faithful, so anyone who is fearful of becoming sick should not come forward, or even come to Mass on Ash Wednesday.
- If additional liturgies are needed to accommodate the faithful in light of reduced capacity in the church, the Roman Missal gives the option that the blessing and distribution of ashes may take place outside of Mass.
- If necessary, out of an abundance of caution, a cotton swab may be used as an instrument for imposition of ashes (as in anointing). Any cotton swabs should be burnt after use.