I just came home from Holy Mass and have a quick question regarding the ash wednesday ritual of the marking of the forehead with a cross of ashes.
As some of you may remember from my previous threads, I live in a rural area with a very small parish. Since we were so few people in church, I could hear the priest say the words “remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return” each time he drew the cross on a person’s forehead (actually he said it in German, since I live in a German speaking country). However, once it was my turn (I was last in line), he said the phrase in Latin. So he said “Memento homo, quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris”.
I wonder why he said the phrase in Latin when it was my turn, while he said it in German to everyone else? Does the priest always say the phrase in Latin to the last person in line? Even though I don’t know why this happened, I actually feel honored by it.
Thanks in advance for your replies