Some people are under the impression that Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation.
It is not.
Still, the inclination toward a feeling of obligation is laudable.
Lent is a very important season in the yearly cycle of a Catholic Christian’s life.
The desire to begin the spiritual war of Lent by marking it with ashes is good.
Nevertheless, people are not obliged to go to Mass on Ash Wednesday nor to receive ashes.
You are not a "bad Catholic" if you don’t go to Mass on Ash Wednesday.
As a matter of fact, were someone to go and receive ashes because they want to be seen, not in the sense of bearing witness, but in the sense of "See how pious I am"… well…
His dictis, let’s move to our poll question. We had a very strong response last time.
Give us your answer and your comments.
Did you get ashes on Ash Wednesday?
- Yes (85%, 1,262 Votes)
- No (15%, 224 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,486