Sunday, February 3, 2008

Just where do they get all those ashes?


BURNING PALMS — Cory Green, parish sacristan at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, burns palms last year in anticipation of Ash Wednesday. Catholic tradition allows for palms distributed during the previous year’s Palm Sunday to be burned and used on Ash Wednesday. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 6.

[How many sacristans wear cassocks in our archdiocese?]

Now, in at least one parish that I know of around here, this is where they get their ashes:

These ashes are perfect for the very unique Ash Wednesday service that begins the season of Lent. These ashes have a very consistent texture and color. They are double-bagged for mailing, and this bag has enough ashes for 1000 people. $12.75
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