Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day period of Lenten penance (not counting the Sundays) marked by fasting, mortification, repentance and reflection.
“Support us, Lord, as with this Lenten fast we begin our Christian warfare, so that in doing battle against the spirit of evil we may be armed with the weapon of self-denial.” – Concluding prayer, Evening prayer
► DURING COMMUNION ◄
We invite all those watching to make an act of spiritual communion, such as: “My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.”
Ash Wednesday Mass 2020 Livestream | Mass Online