WITH the COVID-19 pandemic still limiting physical attendance in Church services, the Archdiocese of Manila has decided to allow the faithful to burn palms at home and use the ashes to sprinkle on family members to mark Ash Wednesday on February 17.
Based on Circular No. 2021-05, Catholics will also be allowed to use other leaves if palms are not available.
“Dried leaves of plants or trees can be burned for this year’s celebration of Ash Wednesday,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Manila apostolic administrator.
Ashes used on Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent, are made from palm branches that were blessed during the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass.
“For those who will not be able to go to church for the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we are providing the liturgical celebrations for the burning of palms or any dried leaves to ashes and the liturgy of Ash Wednesday for families at home,” Pabillo said.
He also said the Manila Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission has prepared the “Family Celebration of the Burning of Palms/Leaves to Ashes” and the “Family Celebration of Ash Wednesday at Home” set for dissemination to parishioners.