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INSTRUCTIONS FOR LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS ON ASH WEDNESDAY


Circular No. 2020-11
18 February 2020

 

TO: ALL THE PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA 

RE: INSTRUCTIONS FOR LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS ON ASH WEDNESDAY

 

Dear Monsignori, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters:

Greetings of Peace in the Lord!

Following the WHO precautions in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus during our liturgical celebrations on Ash Wednesday, ashes can be distributed by dropping or sprinkling a small portion of blessed ash on the crown of the head of the faithful with prescribed formula.

In Baptism, we have been anointed on the crown of the head. The ashes to be smeared on the crown signify our repentance from sin, which has marred the grace of Baptism.

The imposition of ashes on the forehead remains an option for our parishes and communities at the discretion of their pastors.

As we begin the season on Lent, we are reminded of the constant call for renewal in our Christian life by self-control (fasting and abstinence), generosity and charity (almsgiving) and prayer.

Thank you very much.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,


(signed)
+BRODERICK S. PABILLO
Apostolic Administrator of Manila

 

 

 

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