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Old Feb 25, '11, 6:58 pm
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Once again, I will be attending the children's mass with my granddaughter on Ash Wednesday at her school. Will I be able to receive ashes? I want to participate as fully as possible. I have been to several masses, but this will be the first Ash Wednesday mass for me. Is there anything I need to do to prepare?
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Old Feb 25, '11, 7:06 pm
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Yes, you can. They are a sacramental, not a Sacrament, so as far as I know anyone may receive the ashes.
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Yes, you can. They are a sacramental, not a Sacrament, so as far as I know anyone may receive the ashes.
Of course. It should be noted that Catholics are not the only ones to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday.
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Old Feb 25, '11, 9:06 pm
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Once again, I will be attending the children's mass with my granddaughter on Ash Wednesday at her school. Will I be able to receive ashes? I want to participate as fully as possible. I have been to several masses, but this will be the first Ash Wednesday mass for me. Is there anything I need to do to prepare?
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You can skip breakfast (if in the morning) and eat after the mass. One thing to be aware of, it is Catholic practice not to remove the ashes from one's forehead till the evening. so you may be mistaken for a Catholic (sorry, no pun intended).....
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You can skip breakfast (if in the morning) and eat after the mass. One thing to be aware of, it is Catholic practice not to remove the ashes from one's forehead till the evening. so you may be mistaken for a Catholic (sorry, no pun intended).....
Why would she skip breakfast?
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Old Feb 26, '11, 5:58 am
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Why would she skip breakfast?
That puzzled me, too. Perhaps Pablope was assumimg there would be (wrongly) 'open' communion. Or thinking that the fasting requirement applied to receiving the ashes? Very odd.
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Why would she skip breakfast?
I assume it is to partake of the spirit of penance and mortification for her sins. Ash Wednesday repentance is for all men, regardless of denomination. We are called to be perfect as our Father is perfect, and even heretics and pagans like myself have to do our best by our conscience.
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Old Feb 26, '11, 6:57 pm
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There is no problem with a non-Catholic receiving ashes, or any other sacramental such as blessing self with Holy Water. However, they should be received as a sign of your intent to do penance in the coming period of Lent, and not as some magic or good-luck symbol.

There is no requirement to keep the ashes on for any specified period of time.

We regularly have our RCIA participants, who are not yet Catholic, receive the ashes.
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Why would she skip breakfast?
As a form of fasting prior to receiving the ashes. I know she would not be able to receive communion.
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I assume it is to partake of the spirit of penance and mortification for her sins. Ash Wednesday repentance is for all men, regardless of denomination. We are called to be perfect as our Father is perfect, and even heretics and pagans like myself have to do our best by our conscience.
Agreed.....this was was my intent when i suggested skipping breakfast.
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yes you can receive the ashes
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Old Feb 27, '11, 7:30 pm
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You don't have to be Catholic to receive ashes, but according to my Priest you must be baptized. The only exception to this are those that are not baptized but are in RCIA and preparing to be received into the church this Easter.
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Old Feb 28, '11, 9:49 am
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Thank you for all the responses! It looks like I am in good shape to receive ashes. I am a baptized Christian (baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and do intend to repent of my sins and spend the days of Lent in self-examination and reflection. I want to participate as fully as I can in this season leading up to and including Easter. I have no problem being seen with ashes on my forehead. I work in a public school and would consider it a great witness, since God has been removed from school these days!
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Ash Wed and Palm Sunday Masses tend to draw a larger attendance. One of our priests has commented, "It is because we are giving something away". They are very traditional observances.
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Ash Wed and Palm Sunday Masses tend to draw a larger attendance. One of our priests has commented, "It is because we are giving something away". They are very traditional observances.
Ah the A&P Catholics. [A&P is or was a food chain in the east - the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company]
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