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Old Feb 11, '10, 11:26 am
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Default Can babies receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

For some reason I remember looking this up last year (DS would've been a week or 2 old) and finding that young children should have reached the "age of reason" before receiving ashes. Now I just searched again & everything seems to say even very young babies can receive ashes. But I'm pretty sure I would've remembered if DS received ashes last year!! I was pretty tired & out of it but still!!!

So, someone set me straight please!!!
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Old Feb 11, '10, 12:01 pm
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Yes, they can! When my dd#3 was born 6 days before Ash Wednesday, she went up and got hers just like the rest of us!
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Old Feb 11, '10, 12:08 pm
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YES!
Our priest walks over to the daycare (also at our parish) on Ash Wednesday and gives ashes to ALL the kids (including those in the infant room!)... and they can also receive them at Mass...
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Old Feb 11, '10, 12:17 pm
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Yes. Ashes are a sacramental, just like Holy Water. You don't need to have reached the age of reason to receive a sacramental.
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Old Feb 11, '10, 2:35 pm
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Thanks everyone!!

I'm still puzzled on why I don't remember him getting ashes last year. guess I'll blame it on being 1 week post-partum!!
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Thanks everyone!!

I'm still puzzled on why I don't remember him getting ashes last year. guess I'll blame it on being 1 week post-partum!!
that could definitely do it! The months after my daughter birth all just seem to blur together into one big mass of not sleeping at all!
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Default Re: Can babies receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Like others have said they are sacramentals so any age can receive them.

I also believe that anyone, regardless if they are Catholic or Not, can receive them. I have to look that up to be sure, but I believe that's right, that anyone regardless if they are Catholic or Not can receive them.
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Like others have said they are sacramentals so any age can receive them.

I also believe that anyone, regardless if they are Catholic or Not, can receive them. I have to look that up to be sure, but I believe that's right, that anyone regardless if they are Catholic or Not can receive them.

Yep, that is correct!
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Default Re: Can babies receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

There are plenty of reasons why a baby or young child might not get them though. Maybe the baby is asleep, or maybe they are fearful of strangers. or are the type of kid that gets into moods - why push it on a child in those situations, you know? There's certainly nothing wrong with a little one NOT getting them, so that could account for your memory.
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Does the baby need to be baptised? I'm guessing not . . . I seem to recall that unbaptised people can use sacramentals, but really ought to be sure.
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Yeah in the first (wonderful) weeks he always slept through Mass so maybe that's why we didn't end up getting them, he was probably asleep!

Yes he is baptized.
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I'm not sure that I'd have the ashes put on my baby, even though it's allowed. The ashes have a specific meaning, as a symbol of repentance, so....I don't know. A little baby doesn't have anything to repent of, nothing to work on during Lent, you know? Just my own $.02 about it, still in the "thoughts-formation" stage.
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I'm not sure that I'd have the ashes put on my baby, even though it's allowed. The ashes have a specific meaning, as a symbol of repentance, so....I don't know. A little baby doesn't have anything to repent of, nothing to work on during Lent, you know? Just my own $.02 about it, still in the "thoughts-formation" stage.
True, but the ashes aren't only a symbol of repentance. They are also a reminder of our own mortality and thus our total dependence on God.
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True, but the ashes aren't only a symbol of repentance. They are also a reminder of our own mortality and thus our total dependence on God.
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