Feb 17 - Extracts of Pastoral Recommendations for Ash Wednesday

This is the extract from the Pastoral Recommendations for Ash Wednesday - Instructions for Imposition of Ashes on February 17, 2020:

In view of the continuing risks by the COVID-19 (Wuhan Coronavirus) outbreak and to mitigate the human-to-human transmission, especially through tactile contact, the arch/bishops of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia have agreed that the following procedures for the imposition of Ashes are to be observed in all parishes:

  • priests and extraordinary communion ministers should thoroughly wash and disinfect their hands prior and immediately after the imposition of ashes;
  • sprinkling dry ash on the crown of a person's head;
  • local custom of drawing a cross on the forehead is suspended; and
  • no holy water should be added to the ash before the sprinkling.


Note: 
Please refer to "Pastoral Recommendations for Ash Wednesday - Instructions for Imposition of Ashes" for complete details.
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