Yesterday I've been to Baclaran church to attend once again a weekly novena and of course for the first day of Lent season, the placing on my forehead with black ashes in the shape of a cross "The Ash Wednesday". It is said to be the beginning of forty day liturgical period of prayer and a sign of mourning and repentance to God. Since I am a Catholic and always doing this when i was growing, I wont missed a chance of doing that.
Ashes are made from the palm we used from last years Palm Sunday, gathered together and burned.Sometimes they combine Holy water or olive oil to softens the mixture.Mass and worship services laid into it until it becomes ready for the people.I read also that the priest may say one of the following when applying ashes:
Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.- Genesis 3:19
Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. - Mark 1:15
Together with that our family observe also fasting, abstinence from meat, weekly mass and praying everyday. So meaning one full meal good for a day or two small meals a day.Its time for me to do my diet again ehhe..