Ash Wednesday Mass Times
8:00am Annunciation Parish
12:00pm St. Jude Parish
5:30pm St. Joseph Parish
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Area Ash Wednesday Opportunities
Wednesday, February 26
6:30 am Lit of Word @ St. John the Baptist
6:45 am Mass @ St. Agnes
6:45 am Lit of Word @ Nativity
8:00 am Mass @ Nativity
8:00 am Mass @ Annunciation
8:30 am Mass @ St. John the Baptist
8:45 am Mass @ St. Agnes
9:00 am Mass @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
12:00 pm Mass @ St. Jude
12:00 pm Mass @ St. Agnes
12:00 pm Lit of Word @ Nativity
5:00 pm Lit of Word @ St. John the Baptist
5:30 pm Mass @ St. Joseph
6:00 pm Mass @ St. Agnes
6:30 pm Mass @ St. John the Baptist
6:30 pm Mass @ Nativity
6:30pm Mass @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Ash Wednesday Ashes
Question: Why do we place ashes on our forehead each Ash Wednesday?
Answer: Ashes are rich in spiritual symbolism. We recall in the second chapter of Genesis, when the human person is fashioned “out of the dust of the ground” and receives the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). In death, a person returns to the ground from which we came. The ancient Hebrews used ashes as a sign of repentance, reminding themselves that God is God and we are not.
As the minister places ashes on our forehead, we hear either “remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return” or “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” When we receive ashes, we remember our own mortality. We’re reminded that we have limited time on this earth and we ought to make the best use of it that we can! People are in need of love, care, and compassion. We all need to continually rediscover the love of God. The Gospel invites every person in every stage of life to encounter and imitate Jesus here and now. The forty days of Lent are the perfect time to assess our own awareness of these realities.
An Ash Wednesday Prayer
“Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.”
You remind us today, oh Lord, of our origin and end.
In the beginning, You fashioned us in the Garden.
You dignified dust with the Breath of Life.
You made us in Your image and likeness.
You led Your people through the dust of the Sinai wilderness to the Promised Land.
You overcame temptation in the dry desert.
You healed the blind with dirt and clay.
Three times Your body stirred the dust
as you fell on the road to Calvary.
Hear the cry of Your people!
One day we will return to dust.
This Lenten season, stir our minds to contemplate You, our hearts to love You, and our bodies to serve You in our brothers and sisters.
May our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving
be Your breath alive in us.