ASK FATHER: If there is no other priest, does Father put ashes on himself? #ashtag

Posted March 1, 2017 3:12 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: If there is no other priest, does Father put ashes on himself? #ashtag

From a priest comes a good #ashtag question…
QUAERITUR:
A couple priests have asked me today, and I have no good answer – when a priest is offering Mass on Ash Wednesday without another priest present, or a deacon, does he impose ashes upon himself? Have a layperson impose them?
Last year, my first Ash Wednesday as a priest, I had Mass alone. Feeling a bit foolish about it, but wanting the sign of penitence myself, I imposed ashes on my own head. This year, I’m filling in for the parish priest and, at the early Mass, I had a layman, who was

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