Ash Wednesday begins the holy season of Lent, a 40-day period (excluding Sundays) extending through Holy Week, concluding at the Great Vigil on the night before Easter Day.
The imposition of ashes occurs at all three liturgies of the day — 8am, 12:10pm and 5:30pm — as well as throughout the day in between these services. Simply enter the Fifth Avenue doors and walk down the center aisle toward the high altar. Read more about the imposition of ashes.
Holy Communion is offered at all three liturgies.
The services at 12:10pm and 5:30pm are full-blown choral liturgies sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. This year, the choir sings music of Farrant, Lassus and Byrd, and as always the Miserere mei, Deus by Allegri.
You might find these sermons helpful as you prepare your heart and mind for this holy season:
- Lent: The Gift of Time (2013) by Fr Mead
- Ashes and Bank Accounts (2012) by Fr Mead
- A Sermon for Ash Wednesday (2011) by Fr Spurlock
- Why Does Jesus Say to be Good in Secret? (2010) by Fr Austin
- The Pit of Contrition (2007) by Fr Mead
- Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures in Heaven (2006) by Fr Austin
- Cheerful Piety (2004) by Fr Mead