The Big Day is only a week away. My schedulers leave our four Ash Wednesday Masses blank, so the more enthusiastic liturgical ministers get duty, as I post on Facebook, send emails, and they ask me at Mass.
One duty not on the ordinary Sunday line-up are the people who distribute ashes. Sit in the appropriately-colored chair and render a judgment among many options:
Let Communion ministers do double duty that day.
- Let parish leaders distribute: staff and committee people.
- Clergy only, if you are so staffed.
On that last point, I wonder about mixed communities of priests and religious. Would ashes ever be a task for a lay religious to impose on a priest?
Consider the recruiting and brief orientation in a medium-sized or larger parish. With Wednesday being a working day, how would you manage the brief instruction needed? Something in advance. Is an e-mail enough.
At the student center, we have a system. But I’m interested in other people’s faith communities.