Churches Burn Palms In Preparation For Ash Wednesday

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — At Holy Name Cathedral and many other Christian churches in Chicago, palms are being burned Tuesday in preparation for Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

“In my other parish, we did not do this so, this is fun,” said Fr. Marek Smolka, associate pastor of Holy Name Cathedral.

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A palm burning service outside Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday morning was a sign that Ash Wednesday and Lent are almost here. (WBBM/Bernie Tafoya)

Smolka has been a Catholic priest for more than 13 years, but this was the first time he has presided over a palm-burning service.

“It’s the reminder to us of who exactly we are as we burn those palms today, but also tomorrow we’re going to use them for Ash Wednesday as we begin our Lenten journey,” Fr. Smolka said.

The priest led the service in the courtyard of Holy Name Cathedral with about 50 students from Francis Xavier Warde school, some of whom at first coughed because they…

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