Ash Wednesday: Applying the Ashes

by Jimmy Akin

in Law, Liturgical Year, Liturgy

Recently there was some discussion on Facebook of how ashes should be placed on the head, with some folks thinking that the form of the cross is mandatory.

It isn’t. There is no set form, and in some countries–like Italy–the norm is to sprinkle ashes on the top of the head.

Today I ran across a picture of Pope Francis doing that, and I thought I’d share it to document the diversity of global practice on this point.


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Marilia February 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Fabulous explanation … Thankyou

Christian February 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm

I think that the human touch is as important as the ashes themselves.

Jennifer February 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

Thank you Jimmy.


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