Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Forty Days of Lent. In this Holy Season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we follow Our Lord Jesus, who fasted and prayed during His forty days of testing in the desert.

During this time, we offer five Masses here at Transfigurati on on Ash Wednesday, with ashes distributed at all of the Masses:

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m. School Mass (all are welcome)
  • 12:00 noon
  • 6:30 p.m. with Choir

As the ashes are placed on our foreheads in the Sign of the Cross, one of two Biblical formulas is spoken:

  • Genesis 3:19: “Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shaltreturn.”
  • Mark 1:15: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

Many non-Catholics observe the custom of receiving ashes, and they are welcome to join us on Ash Wednesday.

May Jesus Christ renew all of us at Transfiguration through our Lenten observances!

About Lenten Fasting & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence (from meat) for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal.

- From United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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