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Dr. Kevin Phillip Johnson

Is Ash Wednesday Just for Catholics?

What is it for?

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians. It is observed by Catholics in the Roman Rite, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Nazarenes, and Independent Catholics, as well as by many from the Reformed faith (inclusive of the Congregationalist, Continental Reformed, and Presbyterian traditions).

Can I get ashes during COVID?

There are options to participate in Ash Wednesday during COVID which include: Drive-Through, Walk-Through, At-Home Kits for Quarantined, Homebound and Disabled People.


Check with your local church to see what options are available to you.

What's Doc's opinion about ashes?

I believe that anything we can do to promote self-reflection and a spiritual life is a good thing.  Ashes have always reminded me of my mortality often providing a wake-up-call reminding me to not take myself too seriously.


I encourage everyone to engage in a spritual life especially during these trying times that we are living through. It can’t hurt and may even help you find peace, hope and love.


Ash Wednesday can help draw us into the 40 day season of Lent which can be a systematic journey for all of us to contemplate our lives.



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