Ash Wednesday – Lent

Ash Wednesday Masses

6:30am, 8:45am and 7:00pm

Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word


Ashes, used to mark the Cross of Jesus on the forehead whether at one of the Parish Masses or at the Liturgy of the Word, are blessed and distributed after the proclamation of the Word of God. Receiving the Cross of Jesus on our foreheads is, most importantly, a response to His Sacred Word summoning each of us to ongoing and deeper conversion of heart, mind and body.

The marking of the Cross of Jesus on the forehead with ashes of last year’s burnt and blessed palm takes place only within Mass or the Liturgy of the Word. Whether within the Mass of Ash Wednesday or the Liturgy of the Word of Ash Wednesday, receiving the Cross of Jesus made with ash is a response to the Sacred Word of God that calls each person to conversion. This conversion is a change of heart, mind and body that aims, with the initiative and ongoing grace of Holy Spirit, to radiate the holiness of Baptism that has made each of us a child of God. This is the reason why ashes are imposed as a response to God’s Holy Word. Ashes in and of themselves are not magical. ‘Getting ashes’ without a willingness to become more like Jesus serves little to no purpose. In and of themselves, ashes cause nothing unless receiving the Cross of Jesus motivates one to seek — with Holy Spirit’s necessary assistance — a life more radically mirroring Jesus as revealed in His Gospels. Ash Wednesday is consequently a challenging and courageous moment in one’s life. Presenting oneself to allow the Cross of Jesus to be marked on the forehead is essentially saying to Jesus, ‘Yes, I am willing to become more like You by changing, with Your help, those areas of life that do not reflect You.’

Prior to participating in Ash Wednesday Mass or Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word, pondering the prayers and Scriptures presented below the photograph – with the Grace of Holy Spirit — can help one to be drawn more deeply into the Baptismal renewal that is at the heart of Lent.

In the coming weeks, more information concerning Lenten opportunities will be presented here on the parish website and in the Parish Bulletin.

Grant, O Lord,
that we may begin with holy fasting
this campaign of Christian service, so that,
as we take up battle against spiritual evils,
we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

Daily Readings

O God,
Who desire not the death of sinners,
but their conversion,
mercifully hear our prayers and
in Your kindness be pleased to bless +
these ashes, which we intend to receive upon our heads,
that we, who acknowledge we are but ashes and
shall return to dust, may,
through a steadfast observance of Lent,
gain pardon for sins and newness of life
after the likeness of Your Risen Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Que el día de ayuno con el que iniciamos,
Señor, est Cuaresma, sea el principio
de una verdadera conversión a ti y que nuestros actos
de penitencia nos ayuden a vencer el espíritu del mal.
Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo,
que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo
y es Dios por los siglos de los siglos.

Lecturas de Hoy

Señor Dios, que no quieres la muerete del pecador
sino su conversión,
escucha bondadosamente nuestras súplicas
y dígnate bendecir + esta ceniza,
que vamos a imponer sobre nuestra cabeza,
sabiendo que somos polvo y al polvo hemos de volver
y concédenos que,
por nuestro esfuerzo en las prácticas cuaresmales,
obtengamos el perdón de nuestros pecados
y una vida renovada a imagen de tu Hijo resucitado.
Él, que vive y reina por los siglos de los siglos.