Ash Wednesday Sets the Stage for Lent
You are dust and to dust you shall return. (Genesis 3:19)
As an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist at my Church, I always sign up each year to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday. The process of putting ashes on the forehead of fellow parishioners is always a very humbling event for me and forces a reflection that can be both uncomfortable and encouraging.
The Human Contact
As opposed to administering communion, the placing of the ashes on one’s forehead is a much more interpersonal event. It may be because of the physical contact or the making of the cross with the ashes, but