Thursday, February 18, 2010

My First Ash Wednesday

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Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010

My First Ash Wednesday
The first day of Lent started yesterday with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. During the mass of Ash Wednesday, ashes are placed in the foreheads to symbolize repentance.

Since I have moved here in Singapore, I have been going to the Catholic service. I am by the way a Born Again Christian since 4th Grade. Yesterday, marked my first Ash Wednesday, literally. I don't know what to do so I asked some of my friends. According to them, during the mass the priest will place an ash on the forehead in a cross sign. Then my friend also told me that I should do a confession. That I have no idea.

Anyway, I left work at exactly 6 P.M. and was in St. Mary of the Angels five minutes before the 6:30 P.M. mass. I was happy by the way that I was back in St. Mary again after many months. There were two priests for the mass and the church was fully packed.

At the time of the placing of ashes, I just followed the flow. I did not know by the way if I need to say Amen after the ashes or just leave. I did not hear anything from the people in my front. I was surprised that the ashes was cold. I did not expect that.

After the mass, I went to the West Mall to have my dinner. I immediately went to the wash room to clean my forehead since people are staring. I just don't get it. Indians have red dots and we can't have ashes on our foreheads.

Anyway, I just have to observe the lent season and avoid eating meat on Fridays.

1 Responses to “My First Ash Wednesday”

Anonymous said...
February 19, 2010 at 8:17 AM

uhm, you leave those ashes on your forehead for the rest of the day actually. hehehe don't worry, first time mo pa lang naman.. ;-)

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