Feature: Samarnons remember Ash Wednesday
by Ninfa B. Quirante
Catbalogan City (18 February) -- Most faithful Catbaloganons trooped to San Bartolome Church to attend the early morning mass at five for what Catholics call Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday said Fr. Pie Tabones is the start of the Lenten commemoration that occurs forty days before Easter.
Tabones said that Lent is a time to make little sacrifices.
Fasting and abstinence, he said does not only mean denial of food but also of cravings like texting, internet engagement and others.
He also told his parishioners not to look obvious when fasting.
Like giving alms, he said : Do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing.
After the homily, the parish priest assisted by several lay ministers made the sign of the cross on the parishioners' forehead using ashes, reminding him: You are from dust and to dust you shall return.
Ash Wednesday, according to Wikepedia got its name from the practice of placing ashes on one's forehead as a sign of repentance.
The ashes are gathered from the burnt palm leaves from the last Palm Sunday.
For those in the schools and offices who were unable to hear the Ash Wednesday Masses, some lay ministers went around the establishments to 'deliver' their ashen crosses.
One elderly faithful whispered that Lent is the past tense of lend to remind the faithful that we are all living in a borrowed life. (PIA-Samar) [top]