A high number of Filipino Catholics will flock to churches today to observe Ash Wednesday tradition as the start of the 40-day Lenten period.
The CBCP says the start of the day devoted to fasting and abstinence when millions of Filipino faithful across the country to attend Masses and receive ashen cross symbols over their foreheads made from fronds used at last year’s Palm Sunday.
“The season of Lent is a time for almsgiving, prayer and fasting,” the CBCP added and reminded the faithful to fast and live the essence of Ash Wednesday.
Ash shall be applied on the faithful’s forehead to form a cross, to indicate submission to Christ, remorse for sins, and a turning away from sin. The ash symbolically describes the death and resurrection of Christ and man’s freedom from sin. As well as reminding the faithful that life is short and, one day, man will return to ashes.
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Manila’s Archbishop stated the Lenten season was a time for good works and charity, as he urged Filipino families to go back to God and nation.