Ash Wednesday Starts Lent 2021 In Phoenix


PHOENIX, AZ — Ash Wednesday, the primary day of Lent that is celebrated primarily within the Catholic religion, is on Feb. 17 in 2021. Churches in Phoenix have ash providers scheduled for the day.

On Ash Wednesday, observers of the day could have ashes utilized within the form of a cross to their foreheads. In many circumstances, individuals will put on the crosses all through the remainder of the day to publicly specific their religion.

The ashes symbolize penance, mourning and mortality. Typically, the priest will apply the ashes whereas saying, “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

The ashes are ready by burning palm leaves from the earlier year’s Palm Sunday celebration, which falls each year on the Sunday earlier than Easter.

The administration of ashes this year might be completely different as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican has stated.

The priest will bless the ashes and sprinkle them with holy water in silence, in response to the brand new steerage on the vacation. He will then deal with the group and reciting as soon as the formulation discovered within the Roman Missal: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Rememberer that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The ashes might be sprinkled on every particular person’s head with out the priest saying something, the Vatican’s pandemic steerage states.

The pandemic could have an effect on providers deliberate at native church buildings in different methods, too. Be ready to put on a face masking and follow social distancing if in-person providers are going down.

Here is an inventory of church buildings in Phoenix providing particular providers for Ash Wednesday and different occasions through the Lenten season:

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

3550 E. Knox Road

  • 6:30 a.m.
  • 8:15 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • 7 p.m.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

909 E. Washington Street

  • 8 a.m. Spanish
  • 12 p.m. Spanish
  • 7 p.m. Spanish

Most Holy Trinity Parish

8620 N. seventh Street

  • 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. English
  • 12 p.m. Bilingual
  • 4:30 and seven:30 p.m. Spanish

Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

6351 N. twenty seventh Avenue

  • 6:15 a.m., 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. English
  • 4 p.m. and eight p.m. Spanish

St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Parish

4715 N. Central Avenue

  • 6:15 a.m.
  • 12 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. Spanish

Lent is a spiritual interval mainly noticed by Catholics, though many different Christians additionally observe the 40-day span that serves as time of reflection and restraint within the build-up to Easter.

Many individuals participate in fasting and/or giving up sure luxuries or pleasures through the interval to commemorate the sacrifices made by Christ.

Lent this year will finish on Saturday, April 3.