After her homily, she said this from the pulpit:
We will now bless the ashes.
Dear friends, let us humbly ask God our Father that he be pleased to bless the abundance of His grace these ashes, which we will put on our heads in penitence.
O God, who desire not the death of sinners, but their conversion, mercifully hear our prayers and in your kindness be pleased to bless these ashes, which we intend to receive upon our heads, that we, who acknowledge we are but ashes and shall return to dust, may, through a steadfast observance of Lent, gain pardon for sins and newness of life after the likeness of your Risen Son. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Then she walked over to the bowl of ashes in front of the altar and sprinkled it with holy water.