Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Assumption

Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Assumption

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's archdiocese is changing its procedure for Ash Wednesday as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ashes will not be placed on a person's forehead. Instead, a priest will bless the ashes and then they'll be sprinkled on top of a person's head.

This method avoids direct skin contact between people.

The archdiocese says while most Americans are more familiar with the ashes in the form a cross on the forehead, the sprinkling of ashes is common in Catholic cultures around the world.

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