The Congregation for Divine Worship headed by Cardinal Robert Sarah published a January 12 “Note on Ash Wednesday. Distribution of Ashes in Time of Pandemic” (English below).
Priests are advised to bless the ashes and sprinkle holy water over them without saying anything. They are supposed to say the formula “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” over all faithful before proceeding to distribute the ashes.
Then, the priest must cleanse his hands, puts on a face mask, and, without saying anything, sprinkle the ashes over the head of those who come forward.
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This, from Cardinal Sarah... It just isn't necessary, but they've backed themselves in a corner with the excessive rules they've already established. We all know people who have suffered through Covid-19. We know it is highly contagious. Still...have an Ash Wednesday service or don't have an Ash Wednesday service. This is just bizarre and seems wrong.