RE: [liturgy-l] Imposition of Ashes
That’s the way I read the rubrics too, though I have never attended an Imposition (in a church) that was not followed by Communion., Perhaps others can comment on “street” imposition.
St. Paul’s, TEC
This is a side question: in 1979 BCP, it seems that if there is no Communion following the imposition of ashes, the service ends with the Peace being exchanged. Is this correct? It just feels a little too abrupt to me. Thank you.
On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM, Scott Knitter <scott.knitter@...> wrote:
Interesting question! In the USA, the 1979 Book of Common Prayer doesn't actually specify who imposes the ashes: (p. 265)
If ashes are to be imposed, the Celebrant says the following prayer:
[text of the prayer]
The ashes are imposed with the following words:
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
...So the passive voice here tells me the door is open to priests other than the Celebrant, to deacons, and to lay people to impose the ashes. The rubric could easily have said, "The Celebrant [and assisting priests] impose the ashes with the following words," but it doesn't.