Bohol folk filled churches on Ash Wednesday as Catholics return to placing ash on foreheads

By Marisol Bo-oc | 09:13 PM March 02, 2022

Churches in Bohol province were filled with parishioners during the commemoration of Ash Wednesday.

During the pandemic, instead of marking the forehead with a cross sign, the ash was sprinkled over the crown of the head of a parishioner. Some priests, nuns and lay ministers used cotton ball to mark the forehead with a cross sign.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Liturgy (ECL) urged dioceses to revert to the imposition of ashes on the forehead.

At St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral Shrine, parishioners attended seven scheduled Holy Masses and received ash crosses on their foreheads.

The 5 p.m. Mass was officiated by Bishop Abet Uy.

Ash Wednesday is one of the most important days in the liturgical calendar as it opens Lent, a season of fasting, reflection and prayer for Catholics.

It was also the second day since Covid-19 Alert Level 2 was imposed in the province.

People have to comply with minimum health protocols such as mask-wearing, regular handwashing and observing good ventilation practices. With a report from Helen Castaño

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