Every year, the Catholic Church celebrates Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of lent in the Western Calendar. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable fast that can fall as early as Feb 4 and as late as March 10.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of putting ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

The Baclaran Church yesterday was swampy with many church goers. Therefore, the ritual of marking the cross on the forehead was done outside the church.

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~ by sherwinportillo on February 14, 2013.

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