Ash Wednesday may look a little different due to COVID-19, but that faithful will still be able to receive ashes. To do this, there were some extra safety measures put in place. The biggest change is sprinkling ashes on one's forehead.
“This is a more ancient way of doing it. In many countries around the world, including Italy, do it every year," said Decan Adam Conque.
To avoid the spread of COVID-19 within the church, the new method comes straight from the Vatican.
“There are many types of ways that other Christians will be giving ashes, including drive-thrus and q-tips. But, every catholic church throughout the world has been directed to use the sprinkled application during mass.”
In addition, every other pew is closed off, and masks are strongly encouraged before entering the church.
“We have signs that indicate that if you have a fever or respiratory illness, you shouldn’t come in for worship.”
Regardless of how different this year looks compared to years past, the message remains the same.
“Which is to mark the season of a penitential season the season of Lent. We look at it as a great opportunity to safely bring in this holy season with the imposition of ashes.
As the Cathedral celebrates its 200th anniversary, they say making adjustments is something the church is always prepared to do.