No touching! Churches get ready for Ash Wednesday in a pandemic

It’s interesting how he words this, ‘the touchiest’ as if it’s ‘molestation’.

Ash Wednesday is one of the touchiest observances on the liturgical calendar — literally. Many churches mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent with the imposition of ashes. Clergy smear ashes, usually those left after burning palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations, onto congregants’ foreheads, often in the shape of a cross. MORE