The men had small piles of ashes on top of their heads.
I was up at 5:30 a.m. this morning, watching the live Ash Wednesday Celebration from St. Peter’s Basilica.
Due to covid restrictions, the ritual of believers having a small smudge of ashes in the shape of a cross rubbed on their foreheads has been changed.
Instead, ashes were sprinkled on the tops of believers’ heads.
Pope Francis was very generous in distributing ashes on the heads of priests , who were the first to receive them. I was fascinated by the small piles of ashes on top of their heads.
The ashes were distributed with a sombre reminder that we came from dust, and will return to dust.
Life is fleeting, and fragile.
Let us pray for the grace to continue to walk in trust, and in obedience to the Lord.
We need reminders, sometimes, such as ashes, to remain focused on the things that have eternal value.
And so, the forty day long season of reflection, penitence, fasting and almsgiving has begun, and we are moving towards the celebration of Easter.
May God strengthen us on our Lenten Journey
The photo is courtesy of Pixabay.
Flowers are not generally placed in churches during the season of Lent.
Purple is the liturgical colour of Lent.