Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:06

"In Sin, man makes himself like God"

The Lenten season begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 26, 2020.  In the Archdiocese of Manila, Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel in Intramuros, at 7:30 a.m.

In his homily, Msgr. Clemente, who is also the Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila, pointed out that the discipline of Lent enables the faithful to reflect, repent and reconcile with the Lord through Confession especially that the world is surrounded by different kinds of temptations.   

Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Vicar General and Moderator Curiae of the Archdiocese of Manila celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, on February 26, 2020. l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC


"Sa buhay natin na napapadpad sa maraming mga alalahanin at maraming mga pang-aakit dito sa mundo, kailangang magbalik-loob tayo sa ating sarili at sa ating Diyos,” Msgr. Clemente said.

He also stressed that sin draws us away from the love of God that is why he urged the faithful to do prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

"Ang kasalanan, nilalayo tayo sa katotohanan ng ating sarili. Ginagawa nating diyos ang ating sarili at nililimot natin ang Diyos."

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fast and abstinence in the Church. Fasting required from ages 18 to 60 while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead saying, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed in the previous Palm Sunday which have been burned.

Earlier, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Archdiocese of Manila issued liturgical guidelines on Ash Wednesday. CBCP strongly recommends the sprinkling of ashes on the head to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

In the Vatican, following an ancient Ash Wednesday tradition, Pope Francis began the “stational” liturgy at the church of Saint Anselmo before leading a penitential procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill where he celebrated Mass.

Pope Francis in his homily reflected on the ashes imposed on the forehead of the faithful.

“We are the dust of the earth, upon which God has poured out his heaven, the dust that contains his dreams. We are God’s hope, his treasure and his glory,” Pope Francis said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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