Can I wipe off blessed ashes before a public event?


#1

Is wiping off ashes (from the Ash Wednesday Mass) okay? Would it be okay to wipe off the ashes from your forehead if you were giving an important speech or presentation?


#2

Yes. In fact, everybody does so. Usually, many do so at the end of the day before going to sleep.

[quote=johnpaul2_fan]Would it be okay to wipe off the ashes from your forehead if you were giving an important speech or presentation?
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Yes, it’s okay; but please think of the opportunity for witness that you have by wearing the ashes and that you would be foregoing by wiping them off. On Ash Wednesday our ash-marked foreheads, signed with Christ’s cross, remind the world of Christ and his cross. Reasonable people will not think less of you if you wear the ashes during your presentation; they may indeed think better of you. If anyone asks you about the “smudge” on your forehead, you need merely say, “It’s Ash Wednesday, so I’m wearing blessed ashes.”


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