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Old Mar 9, '11, 9:30 am
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Cool Who can get ashes on Ash Wednesday?

A few short questions:

1) Can non-Catholics receive ashes?

2a) Does a Catholic need to participate in Mass to receive ashes?

2b) if you are working, can you sneak out to the local church during mass and get ashes and leave because you have to be at work and can't stay for the Mass?

3) is there any docterine on this subject?
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Old Mar 9, '11, 9:33 am
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Anyone may receive ashes. Anyone. Babies, non-Catholics, non-baptized, anyone. Ashes are a sacramental; not a sacrament.

If the best you can do is run in and get ashes and get out because of work, there is no sin in that.
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2b) if you are working, can you sneak out to the local church during mass and get ashes and leave because you have to be at work and can't stay for the Mass?
This is a bit troublesome, though, because one has to ask why you desire the ashes, then. This day is not a Holy Day of Obligation, and one is not obliged to obtain ashes (to the best of my knowledge). Therefore, what is your want to receive ashes but not the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood?

If it is for the appearance, than today's Gospel reading about praying/almsgiving/fasting so that others may see rings out quite true.

If you cannot leave work, is there another time that would be possible to attend? I don't know where you live, but just a single Church by me has mass at 7, 8, 9, Noon, 530, and 7. I understand this could be rare for a parish near you on a day like this, but if you are truly unable to attend the full mass due to work, I still don't see why you would desire going only for the ashes.

Like was said previously, I guess there is nothing specifically against it (although, I'm not sure what the rules are once you arrive at Mass), but I would question your reasonings for such actions.
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Default Re: Who can get ashes on Ash Wednesday?

I the posting of this in the Traditional Forum to be interesting, so let me entertain my curiosity a bit. Is the rule for reception different in a TLM, or has the method or rule for reception changed?
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Therefore, what is your want to receive ashes but not the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood?
The OP's question clearly indicated work schedule issues. I would not infer anything different from that regarding motive.
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The OP's question clearly indicated work schedule issues. I would not infer anything different from that regarding motive.
I understand that, but if there is no obligation to fulfill, why the desire to leave work for only the ashes? That is the point I was getting at. I had no intention of offending nor accusing, but I did want to draw light to the fact that no obligation is requiring ashes, so why the desire for ashes if the OP knows he/she will not attend the full mass?
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Thanks for your answers. Reason I asked about if you could get them and leave is because I myself love to wear ashes because they can bring up conversation, and I love preaching by action, then by words.

Thankfully I was able to get out of work for 40 minutes to make it to Mass, but in the past years I have not had time and never got ashes, so it just sparked a question in my head.

Also, before i knew i was going to get time to go to Mass, i mentioned to a coworker that i woundered if i could run to the Chruch and get ashes and get back to work. their response was i could not, that i had to attend the full Mass. I replied with there is nothing written stating that, that the ashes weren't a sacramental. the intent of my question was not to skip out on Mass, but I was curious because i didn't think i could get there. but thank God I did. Mass is awesome.

Thanks again answers! God bless! Happy Lent!
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Good for you. I think you might have made a typo, there. Ashes are a sacramental. They are not a sacrament. Just wanted to clarify.

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Thanks for your answers. Reason I asked about if you could get them and leave is because I myself love to wear ashes because they can bring up conversation, and I love preaching by action, then by words.

Thankfully I was able to get out of work for 40 minutes to make it to Mass, but in the past years I have not had time and never got ashes, so it just sparked a question in my head.

Also, before i knew i was going to get time to go to Mass, i mentioned to a coworker that i woundered if i could run to the Chruch and get ashes and get back to work. their response was i could not, that i had to attend the full Mass. I replied with there is nothing written stating that, that the ashes weren't a sacramental. the intent of my question was not to skip out on Mass, but I was curious because i didn't think i could get there. but thank God I did. Mass is awesome.

Thanks again answers! God bless! Happy Lent!
Glad you were able to attend Mass!
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A few short questions:

1) Can non-Catholics receive ashes?
yes
2a) Does a Catholic need to participate in Mass to receive ashes?
no, nobody does, as there are several services during the day outside Mass where ashes are distributed
2b) if you are working, can you sneak out to the local church during mass and get ashes and leave because you have to be at work and can't stay for the Mass?
yes
3) is there any docterine on this subject?
yes
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Default Re: Who can get ashes on Ash Wednesday?

I've only ever seen ashes in the context of mass. I've never seen a service designed to distribute ashes. What are these mass-less ash services that people are mentioning on the boards? What happens there? What are they like? Who officiates? Where can they be held? Curiosity is killing this cat.

(My parish had 6 masses today. They distribute ashes at mass only.)

Note: I mean for Latin rite Catholics. I know Protestants have Ash Wednesday services. I don't mean that.
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A few short questions:

1) Can non-Catholics receive ashes?

2a) Does a Catholic need to participate in Mass to receive ashes?

2b) if you are working, can you sneak out to the local church during mass and get ashes and leave because you have to be at work and can't stay for the Mass?

3) is there any docterine on this subject?

As far as I know you may recieve ashes and not go to Mass ( it's better to go to Mass) but at least if you don't have enough time, time a moment to pray and reflect of the meaning of "Ash Wednesday" & the beginning of Lenten season.

---funny how I was walking in NYC and everyone was looking at my forehead, some people asked what it's all about, some people laughed, some people just stared, some asked where they can get ashes, some say "oh it's Ash Wednesday" then I felt good that I reminded people to go t church...just funny...
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I've only ever seen ashes in the context of mass. I've never seen a service designed to distribute ashes. What are these mass-less ash services that people are mentioning on the boards? What happens there? What are they like? Who officiates? Where can they be held? Curiosity is killing this cat.

(My parish had 6 masses today. They distribute ashes at mass only.)

Note: I mean for Latin rite Catholics. I know Protestants have Ash Wednesday services. I don't mean that.
I've been to 2 churches today ( i know, too much ? lol But I didnt have work today and I passed by the churches so I dropped by, its in NYC ) and the ashes are distributed in the lower church (both churches) and the Mass was held in the upper church.

Some people just drop by, reflect and said some prayer and get the ashes..it went on the whole day from 7am-6pm just distributing ashes ...while there are also 6 masses going on in the upper church, so people had a choice, if they had time they went to Mass, those who need to get back to work just took a moment to pray.
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I've been to 2 churches today ( i know, too much ? lol But I didnt have work today and I passed by the churches so I dropped by, its in NYC ) and the ashes are distributed in the lower church (both churches) and the Mass was held in the upper church.

Some people just drop by, reflect and said some prayer and get the ashes..it went on the whole day from 7am-6pm just distributing ashes ...while there are also 6 masses going on in the upper church, so people had a choice, if they had time they went to Mass, those who need to get back to work just took a moment to pray.
Thanks for answering. I had no idea it was a continuous distribution all day. Always interesting to find out something new.

You are blessed to have so many churches nearby, especially if they are kept unlocked so you can go in to pray before the Blessed Sacrament whenever you want.
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Default Re: Who can get ashes on Ash Wednesday?

I have one service nearby tonight that I can go to, so I also repeat that some are blessed to have multiple places to go to. I came to this forum as I also had that question about who can receive ashes - as my children have not been baptized but I wanted to bring them to the service with me. I was concerned about the logistics if I was the only one allowed to get the ashes and would I have to leave the kids sitting by themselves, it just gets awkward.
My kids will be baptized on Easter Sunday.. great happiness!
Thanks for clarifying.
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