If you can’t attend church today, here’s an Ash Wednesday service you can do at home.
Write down a list of your sins. Burn the paper in a bowl or ashtray. Then pray:
Let us ask our Heavenly Father to bless these ashes, which we will use as a mark of our repentance. Lord, bless these ashes. Wearing them reminds us that we are from the dust of the earth. Pardon our sins and keep us faithful to the resolutions that we have made for Lent. Help us to prepare well for the celebration of your Son's glorious resurrection. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Mark each person’s forehead in the sign of the cross saying, “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.”
Close with this prayer:
Loving Father, today we start Lent. From today, we make a new start to be more loving and kind. Help us to show more concern for the less fortunate, the hungry and the poor. Help us to love you more and speak to you more often. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.