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Published: 2018-02-14   

Ash Wednesday in the UAE

We have compiled Mass timings for your reference.

We have compiled Mass timings for your reference.

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Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from a very ancient tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

We list down Mass Timings for your guidance:

St. Francis of Assisi Church in Jebel Ali

  • Morning Masses: 6:15, 7:00, 9:00
  • Evening Masses: 5:30, 7:00, 8:00

St. Michael’s Church in Sharjah

  • Morning Masses: 5:45, 7:00, 8:00
  • Evening Masses: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00

St. Mary’s Church in Dubai

  • Morning Masses: 5:30, 6:30, 9:00, 12:00 Noon
  • Evening Masses: 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30

St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Abu Dhabi

  • Morning Masses: 6:30, 7:15, 9:00
  • Evening Masses: 5:00, (Outdoor: 5:45), 7:00

St. Therese Church in Abu Dhabi

  • Morning Masses: 6:00, 6:45
  • Evening Masses: 4:30, 6:00, 8:00

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass.

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