Bohol Island News Staff | Posted on Feb. 25, 2020
It is expected that Catholics will observe the beginning of Lent with the start of Ash Wednesday tomorrow.
However, do not be surprised if the priest will not mark your forehead with ashes but instead sprinkle a small portion on the crown of your head.
This is one of the guidelines released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) as precaution to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Circular No. 20-06 released on Feb. 20 said the decision to do this was reached upon consultation also with the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Genaro O. Diwa.
“In Baptism, we have been anointed on the crown of the head. The ashes to be imposed on the crown signify our repentance from sin, which has marred the grace of Baptism. This is not an innovation but in accord with the ancient practice of the Church,” a portion of the guideline reads.
The guideline also tells the faithful who wish to observe the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord especially at the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday to refrain from kissing or touching the cross for veneration.
Instead, the faithful are requested to “genuflect or make a profound bow as they venerate the Cross”.
Read the full guidelines below:
Meanwhile, Bishop Abet Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran has announced the schedule for the Masses at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Tagbilaran for Ash Wednesday.
See the schedule below: