Wednesday, the 17th February 2021 will be Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.
Under normal circumstances, we would use the ashes from the previous year’s palms. This year, we need to be more creative as these will not be readily available for numerous reasons.
If you wish to use ashes, perhaps you could use some dried-out earth from your garden, finely ground charcoal- from your barbeque, or you may have access to ashes from someone’s fire. Whatever you chose to use, the important thing is that we have the interior desire to “turn away from sin and believe the Gospel.”
You may also order palm ashes from Hayes and Finch for just £2.05, it will be enough for your family members.
I, as parish priest, will be extending the blessing of ashes to all homes from the Mass he will celebrate online on Ash Wednesday . You may wish to create a small altar or focus for your prayer. Perhaps you could use a small table with a cloth, place a crucifix on the table and a candle if you have one (but please be careful with your candle light).
The priest will let you know when to place the ashes on the crown of your head, or on each other’s head in the family during the service.
May the Lord continue to bless and protect all of us, as we come out of this health crisis.
God bless – Fr. Benneth