Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation.
If you can't make it to Mass. . .it's no big deal.
You are NOT required to get ashes smeared on you.
Yes, it is an excellent way to begin your Lenten penances. . .but it is NOT a holy day of obligation.
Ashes may be smeared by a bishop, priest, deacon, or lay person. You do NOT need Father to smear ashes on you.
Also, Thursday is NOT Ash Wednesday, so please don't ask to be smeared with ashes on Thursday.
That is all. Oh, I almost forgot: "Humbug."______________
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