Catholics observe Ash Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:35

Catholics flocked to the different churches yesterday to observe Ash Wednesday, a day  which signifies the start of the Lenten Season for Roman Catholics.

The day coincided with this year’s Valentine’s Day which is celebrated on February 14.

“This is the preparation on the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. As a start, ta dale kita mira diatun repentance,” Fr. Marciano Villagracia, Archdiocese of Zamboanga Spokesperson, said in an interview.

During Ash Wednesday, ashes in the shape of a cross is placed on the faithful’s forehead, symbolizing repentance, faith and mortality.

The day also marks the start of abstinence and fasting for all Catholics.

Abstinence means refraining from eating meat during Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of lent, and Good Friday while most Catholics observe fasting by eating one full meal and two other smaller meals a day.

Villagracia explained that all this is  made to bring us closer to God, for our salvation, and in preparation for the passion, death, and resurrection of the Lord.

“God created you without you but God cannot save you without you,” Villagracia reminded. (RGAAGo)