‘Lent is a time of spiritual activism,’ papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown says on Ash Wednesday
MANILA, Philippines — After an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Filipino Catholics again received ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday, March 2. Over the past two years, the Catholic Church has been forced to change the Ash Wednesday ritual. to protect worshipers from COVID-19.
Ash Wednesday is the start of the 40-day Catholic penitential season of Lent, characterized by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent sets the stage for the observance of Holy Week, which commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ, leading to the celebration of his resurrection at Easter.
“Lent is a 40-day period of intense spiritual preparation, of inner preparation of our hearts, for the glorious celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at Easter time,” said Bishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, in a homily at the Church of the Gesù of the Ateneo de Manila University on Ash Wednesday.
“Lent is a time of spiritual activism, inner spiritual activism, an inner battle of the heart, the unseen warfare of our hearts so that our hearts grow and be filled with the grace of God,” Brown added.
Here are some of the images from the observance of this Lenten tradition this year: