Ash Wednesday

    Mass Schedule

    7:00 a.m. Ordinary Form (English)
    8:00 a.m. Extraordinary Form (Latin Low Mass)
    12:00 p.m. Ordinary Form (English)

    7:30 p.m. Extraordinary Form High Mass with incense (Latin)
    (Cantate Domino Choir)

    *Confessions are heard before and during each Mass.
Ash Wednesday Chicago"Remember that thou art dust and unto dust Thou shall return"

These are the words said by the priest as he imposes ashes in the form of a cross on the head of each person who comes forth. The ashes are a visible sign to us of our mortality, our need for always seeking a conversion of heart and the need to do acts of penance for ourselves and the world. The ashes are a Biblical symbol of repentance, sorrow, and humility.

There are many cases in the Scriptures of wearing ashes as a sign of penitence, often while wearing sackcloth. In 2 Samuel 13:19, Tamar puts on ashes and tears her clothes as a sign of sadness and repentance. In Esther 4:1-3, after learning of the king’s decree to kill all Jews, Mordecai tears his garments, and puts on sackcloth and ashes. His fellow Jews do the same thing, as well as beginning to fast. The prophet Jeremiah (6:26) urges his readers to “gird on sackcloth and roll in ashes.”

Ashes are an outward expression of our need to begin again.

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