Ash Wednesday is here, and for all our HollywoodLifers celebrating, it’s important to figure out where to receive ashes before the day ends! Click through for the best ways to find Ash Wednesday services in your area!
Ash Wednesday is here, February 10, launching the first day of Lent, the 46 day period before Easter Sunday. We’re officially in countdown mode now! The Catholic holiday encourages people to attend their local parish and receive ashes on their foreheads to remind them that they’re made of dust, and God brought them into being. If you’re looking to participate, click through for easy ways to access services in your community!
Really, the best way to receive your ashes on Ash Wednesday is to visit your local Catholic church, if you are a parishioner. All Catholic churches hold Ash Wednesday services, and likely will do so several times throughout the day. Whether you have more free time in the morning, or near the end of the day, you’re not going to be shut out. Be sure to contact them for a schedule!
For those HollywoodLifers who may not belong to a church at the moment, or hey, haven’t been practicing their faith for awhile and want back in the game, there are huge, gorgeous churches and cathedrals in your area definitely providing services! In NYC, the historic, breathtaking St. Patrick’s Cathedral (seen in the photo above!), is offering continuous Ash Wednesday services from 7:00am to 7:00pm. So whenever you are able to duck away from work or classes — or whatever you do on Wednesdays! — you’ll get a chance to engage in the tradition.
Westcoasters, there are plenty of Catholic churches in California if you’re worried about where to go on Ash Wednesday; it’s where the Missions system is located, after all. Serra Chapel, located at Mission San Juan Capistrano (very close to Los Angeles) is the oldest Catholic church in California. You can go there all day for Ash Wednesday services, and take in the beauty of a church standing since 1776!
An innovative service called Ashes to Go, will bring Ash Wednesday to anyone who can’t make it to church. Even the big guy upstairs knows that not everyone’s job will allow them to duck out for mass in the middle of the day! Ashes to Go, which started in 2010 in Chicago, brings clergy members to commuter areas, like bus stations and subway stops, in order to provide the holy service to those who need it quickly. In NYC, head to Adam Clayton Powell State Building Plaza (125th/7th Avenue in Manhattan) from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. CLICK HERE for all locations!
HollywoodLifers, are you participating in Ash Wednesday? Tell us in the comments!