Priest explains deeper meaning of ‘ash’
Hundreds of Catholic devotees in Leyte, particularly in Tacloban City, braved heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Basyang to participate in the sacred liturgy of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season, Feb. 14, 2018. NESTOR ABREMATEA
TACLOBAN City – As the Catholic faithful welcomed the Lenten season, a priest in the Archdiocese of Palo urged churchgoers in Leyte to reflect on the real meaning of “ashes.”
“A.S.H stands for alms giving, sacrifices, and holiness that each Catholic must practice during the Lenten season,” said Sto. Niño parish priest Fr. Rommel Taboso in a homily.
He emphasized the need for the Catholic community to reflect on the real meaning of the ashes that mark the faithful’s foreheads at the start of the 40-day liturgical season.
The parish priest also noted that fasting may simply mean “to minimize using unnecessary things in our lives.”
The Sto. Nño Church has launched a one-month calendar of acts of charity that encourages parishioners to observe the season of Lent more meaningfully through good deeds to God, family, friends, strangers, and to oneself.
Hundreds of Catholic devotees in Leyte, particularly in Tacloban city, flocked to various churches to attend Mass and to have their foreheads marked with ash, braving heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Basyang. CBCPNews