Ash Wednesday Ushers in Season of Lent

The Season of Lent begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2018.  In the Archdiocese of Manila, Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros at 7:30 in the morning.

In his pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the Gospel of John. He said, the season of Lent “directs us in a very special way to reflect on God’s merciful and salvific love.”

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16)

This season of Lent, Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to exercise charity to express their love to their brothers and sisters especially to those who are in need. He also asked full and active support for the Fast2Feed Project of Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa, a program that feeds hungry and malnourished children throughout the country.

During Ash Wednesday, the faithfuls are required to do fasting and abstinence. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60 and abstinence is from age 14.

On this day, ashes are blessed and imposed after the homily during the Mass. These ashes came from the palms blessed in the previous Palm Sunday which have been burned. The priest, deacon or lay minister says, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”, while imposing the ashes.

The 40-day Season of Lent begins from Ash Wednesday to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The altars are not decorated with flowers and musical instruments maybe played.  In most Churches, a purple cloth is used to cover religious images.  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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