During the afternoon of Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019, Pope Francis was received warmly by Abbot Primate Gregory Polan OSB and the Prior of Sant’Anselmo, Father Mauritius Wilde OSB, as the Holy Father arrived at the Primatial Abbey of Sant’Anselmo on the Aventine hill in Rome.  At 4:30 p.m., the pope began the Statio prayers with the Benedictine and Dominican communities residential in Rome, accompanied by the schola cantorum of Sant’Anselmo in penitential procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina, for celebration of the Holy Mass with Imposition of Ashes among the Christian Faithful gathered there.  Video coverage, papal homily, and Vatican news articles have been collected here, along with additional Lenten resources, for your prayerful reflection and consolidated reference.

COMPLETE VIDEO COVERAGE OF ASH WEDNESDAY 2019 STATIO, PENITENTIAL PROCESSION, and MASS (Basilicas of Sant’Anselmo and Santa Sabina, Rome — Vatican News / CatholicTV)
ASH WEDNESDAY MASS 2019 – HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS (full English text of Vatican website, additional languages available)
Vatican News Article on Ash Wednesday Mass 2019
L’Osservatore Romano News Coverage on Ash Wednesday 2019 (Italian only, pages 1 and 8)
The Tradition of Lenten Stational Churches (Vatican News)
List of Lenten Stational Churches of Rome (Pontifical Academy Cultorum Martyrum)
Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2019 (Vatican News overview)
Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2019 (full English text of Vatican website, additional languages available)