Wednesday 17th February is Ash Wednesday and is the start of Lent, and we would usually go to Mass and receive the ashes on our forehead as a sign of repentance, a sign we are sorry for our sins.
Unfortunately, we cannot do that this year and Cardinal Vincent has asked us to do things differently, he said:
“My suggestion is this: celebrate Ash Wednesday at home, with your family, in the household or ‘support bubble’ of which you are a part. Gather for a while. Read the prayer which I offer. Bless each other by making the sign of the cross on each other’s forehead. Spend some time praying in a way that you know. But please, make this a prayer of your heart for God’s mercy upon this world struggling to cope with the terrible pandemic and the devastation it is bringing.”
Please see the following link for the full letter from Cardinal Vincent.