Last year I attended the Mass of Ash Wednesday. There were 2 reasons: firstly, I wanted to be with my Roman Catholic mother on this first day of their Great Lent - it was just 1 and half month after my Orthodox chrismation, so she was very upset, as it was first time that we didn't celebrate Lent, Holy Week and Easter together; secondly, it was just 5 days to our Lent and I find this service quite symbolical, so it wasn't problem to me even to get some of ash on my head.
This year I didn't go to this service, as it's a looooong time to our Lent and my mother seems to completely come to terms with my conversion into the faith of my fathers, so I just wished her a blessed Lent, presented some Orthodox prayers for this time and that's it.
The next year, as we will celebrate Pascha together, probably I will attend the Mass of Ash Wednesday just right after the st. Andrew's Canon. It will be a nice gesture for my mother and I will get some ash (and sing some Polish penitential songs
). I don't find it something wrong, but it's probably because I used to attend this service so long time, and then attend both
- Ash Wednesday and st. Andrew's Canon