Question from Tony on 2/7/2008:
I have noticed that not only the priest but also nuns and extraordinary ministers have been performing the blessings of the throats (on feast of St. Blaise) and applying the ashes on Ash Wednesday. Is this okay or should only the priest be performing these functions? I only remember the priest doing these functions in the past.
Answer by Catholic Answers on 2/7/2008:
Yes, the blessing of throats and distribution of blessed ashes may be done by a lay minister.