Prayer with ashes on Ash Wednesday

This year, the placing of blessed ashes on the foreheads of people is not being done in churches on Ash Wednesday this year due to Covid-19.

Ashes are being blessed in churches by the priest at Mass today – but without a congregation.

The ashes are made available in churches during the day for those whose local church is within their 5k and if they pass the church while exercising. People may bring an envelope of ashes home — or to another home if they are already part of that home’s care bubble.

This prayer may be used while the ashes are being placed on the foreheads of people at home.