Can children receive blessed ashes?


What the guidelines are regarding children receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday?


Blessed ashes are a sacramental that anyone – Catholic or non-Catholic, adult or child – are welcome to receive. If the child is particularly young and likely to transfer the ashes from the forehead to the mouth, a parent may wipe off the ashes after Mass.

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