no confession on ash wenesday?
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moneil Wrote:Actually Stevus, the schedules are imposed by the faithful who want to begin Lent by assisting at Holy Mass, or a Prayer Service, and receive blessed ashes.  The priests are doing it because it's what the people in their parish expect them to do.
I suppose teen-masses are allowed for the same reason. Popular demand does not necessarily equal the prudent course. It would be a good teaching moment for the priest to stress reconciliation with God sacramentally over mere blessed ashes. He could still certainly have two masses that day for ashes, but instead of the 3rd or 4th (!) ash service he should have confessions also.

 
Quote:The multiple times are readily justifiable by people's schedules: an early before work Mass, the usual daily Mass with the blue hair crowd (which no priest who has any consideration for either his physical or spiritual health would dare tamper with), a mid morning Mass for the parochial school, perhaps a noon Mass or service for folks on their lunch hour, an after work Mass.  In rual areas a priest may have 2 or 3 parishes or missions to attend to.  In many parishes, at least in the west, there may be Masses in other languages (Spanish and Vietnamese being the most common ~yeah, I know, many think it should just be in Latin, but the priests have to deal with current reality).  In many parishes, multiple services are required to accommodate the number of people, as they couldn't all fit in the Church at one time, as a previous poster mentioned.  Services are also held at nursing homes and retirement centers, for people who can't get out - it's one day a year, and it's important!

Hogwash. You would have a point if it were a day of obligation, but since it is not, your argument fails. I'm not sure if the priest is obliged to say any public massses on Ash Wednesday, but if so, then at most one. I'm not even opposed to a noon and evening "ash" mass. But to give out ashes 3-4 times and offering not one confession shows that we are so distracted with externals, we have our priorities flipped.


 
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no confession on ash wenesday? - by OldMan - 02-25-2009, 04:27 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Gman - 02-25-2009, 04:29 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-25-2009, 04:30 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by OldMan - 02-25-2009, 06:51 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by 40Days - 02-25-2009, 11:24 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Carthusian - 02-26-2009, 02:18 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Iuvenalis - 02-26-2009, 03:35 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-26-2009, 01:42 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by LRThunder - 02-26-2009, 01:44 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SCG - 02-26-2009, 01:47 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-26-2009, 01:51 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by LRThunder - 02-26-2009, 01:52 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SCG - 02-26-2009, 02:00 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Carthusian - 02-26-2009, 02:03 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SCG - 02-26-2009, 02:04 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-26-2009, 02:06 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-26-2009, 02:10 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SCG - 02-26-2009, 02:11 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Carthusian - 02-26-2009, 02:19 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-26-2009, 02:25 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-26-2009, 02:26 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Carthusian - 02-26-2009, 02:36 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by LRThunder - 02-26-2009, 02:44 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-26-2009, 02:50 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by moneil - 02-27-2009, 12:00 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by moneil - 02-27-2009, 12:08 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Historian - 02-27-2009, 02:39 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Historian - 02-27-2009, 05:11 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-27-2009, 11:25 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-27-2009, 11:26 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-27-2009, 11:27 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-27-2009, 11:32 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by moneil - 02-27-2009, 01:25 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by moneil - 02-27-2009, 01:48 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Historian - 02-27-2009, 02:06 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SCG - 02-27-2009, 02:14 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SCG - 02-27-2009, 02:22 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SCG - 02-27-2009, 02:46 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-27-2009, 03:06 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-27-2009, 03:12 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by StevusMagnus - 02-27-2009, 03:21 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Historian - 02-27-2009, 03:28 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Carthusian - 02-27-2009, 05:12 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Carthusian - 02-27-2009, 06:28 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Schatz - 02-28-2009, 12:41 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by ONeill - 02-28-2009, 04:50 PM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by Corpsman - 03-01-2009, 02:04 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by ONeill - 03-01-2009, 03:00 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by glgas - 03-01-2009, 08:08 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by SouthernCross - 03-01-2009, 09:41 AM
no confession on ash wenesday? - by glgas - 03-01-2009, 01:44 PM
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