Published on 15 February 2021

Wednesday 17 February – beginning of Lent

The ancient liturgy of the Ashes has been modified on account of the pandemic

February 17 – Ash Wednesday – marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period which prepares us for the Easter festival. This Lenten period is an invitation to conversion, penitence and prayer.

This year the ancient Ashes liturgy will undergo some changes laid out by the Vatican through the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Here they are one by one:

  • After having blessed the ashes and sprinkling them with holy water the celebrant addresses those present by reciting once the formula of the Roman Missal: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.
  • The priest then cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask over his nose and mouth, and distributes the ashes to those who come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing in their places. He then sprinkles the ashes on each person’s head without saying anything.

At every celebration in our Basilica on Wednesday 17 February it will be possible to receive the Ashes; the 6:00pm (CET) celebration will be streamed live on our web and social sites.



⇒ Via this site click here.

⇒ Via Facebook by connecting to the page “Saint Anthony of Padua – The friars of the Basilica” – click here.

⇒ Via YouTube by connecting to the channel “Messenger of Saint Anthony” – click here.