Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kidapawan Catholics line up for Ash Wednesday

Catholics lined up in Kidapawan City in the southern Philippines during Ash Wednesday. In the Western Church, the first day of Lent, being the seventh Wednesday before Easter. On this day ashes are placed on the foreheads of the faithful to remind them of death, of the sorrow they should feel for their sins, and of the necessity of changing their lives. The practice, which dates from the early Middle Ages, is common among Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Episcopalians, and many Lutherans; it was also adopted by some Methodists and Presbyterians in the 1990s. (Geo Solmerano - Mindanao Examiner)

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