Physical closeness needed to impose ashes is not a good idea under the current circumstances we are experiencing during this pandemic. In order to safely observe Ash Wednesday this year — whether you're offering in-person or remote worship services — the Office of the Bishop would like to provide a few contactless recommendations:

  • Provide members with individual packets of ashesOld Lutheran offers individual ash packets to go. For more information, click HERE.
  • Whether worship is in-person or remote, inform congregants that they can ask a member of their household to impose ashes, or they can place them on their own foreheads.
  • Include a postcard with a prayer and the meaning of the ashes on this Holy Day. For a printable and editable postcard, click HERE. (The layout of the document is double-sided for an efficient print process. Please open the document using Google Docs.)

For further inquiries or suggestions, please send an email to Roberto Lara, Assistant to the Bishop for Communications and Development, at [email protected].