holiday of obligation

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, the all-holy one, who gives us life and all things. As we go about our lives, the press of our duties and activities often leads us to forget your presence and your love. We fall into sin and fail to live out the responsibilities that you have entrusted to those who were baptized into your Son.

In this holy season, help us to turn our minds and hearts back to you. Lead us into sincere repentance and renew our lives with your grace. Help us to remember that we are sinners, but even more, help us to remember your loving mercy.

As we live through this Ash Wednesday, may the crosses of ashes that mark our foreheads be a reminder to us and to those we meet that we belong to your Son. May our worship and prayer and penitence this day be sustained throughout these 40 days of Lent. Bring us refreshed and renewed to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection at Easter.

We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

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Today, the Christian world celebrates Ash Wednesday. This marks the start of the 40 days Lenten Season. Every Catholic who is in legal age, should go to church today. This is one of our Holidays of Obligations. From what I remember from my religion classes, Ash Wednesday runs for 40 days but when you try to count today until Easter Sunday, there are more than 40 days. This is because during Jesus' time, they do not include Sundays in their counting.

The ashes that are used to mark the forehead comes from the 'palaspas' which were blessed last year during Palm Sunday and it was mixed with oil. The cross symbolizes that we all came from dust and in dust, we shall all return.

*These are all from my memory, if there are things that are not true with what I have written please feel free to correct me :)


julai said...

hi ate mari..have a blessed ash wednesday too ate..after pa ng duty ako punta ng simbahan.THere's an 8pm Mass in the Church, so my friends and I are going to attend it kahit medyo late na..

ate kumusta pala ang new domain mo ate?nag work na po ba?

mari said...

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