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Ash Wednesday recap

Posted on: March 6, 2014

We went to Mass at 7pm.  Before Mass, we made sure to feed M so that she wouldn’t be too hungry and cranky during the whole Mass. 

Mass went on as it usually does.  It was like any other Mass.

One of M’s favorite part of attending Mass is walking in the communion line to get her blessing.  We’ve taught her to walk up with her little arms crossed, which is the sign that all she wants is a blessing from the Eucharistic Minister.  It really is the cutest thing seeing this little toddler walking excitedly towards the altar with her arms crossed.  Then, she usually looks back and watches as I take my Communion. 

After Communion and a few words of blessing from the priest, they began to distribute the ashes.

We got in line.  Hubby first, then M, then me.

Hubby received his ash first and began to walk ahead.  M got hers, then turned back to watch me.

I guess this is the first year where she is fully aware of things that are happening around her, because once she saw the ash on my forehead, she was in awe. 

I tried to take her hand to let her walk forward in the line, but she was just so mesmerized by the ash on my forehead.  Her face was so precious!  I wish I had a camera to capture the look on her face. 

Hubby whispered to her to get her to walk forward, and she saw the ash on his forehead and stared at that too.

While walking back to our pew, she would just look at both of our ashes. 

It was just the most precious moment. 

I love that I’m setting an example for her and that this is the beginnings of a faith foundation for her.   I hope she continues to find joy and amazement in the traditions of our faith. 

How was your Ash Wednesday?  How did your toddler react to the ash?

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