Friday, February 16, 2007

Mass attendance...

I heard a priest say yesterday that the usual weekend attendance at his church was around 2300, but on Ash Wednesday, it tops out above 5000. The priest was a little incredulous, and perhaps a little disappointed; at three different times during any day they could come in to receive the Lamb of God, but on this one day a year, which isn't even a day of obligation, they show up to get marked and be told "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."

I didn't think of it then to make the quip with comedic timing, but I thought it was too bad he couldn't offer ashes at every mass.

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