- Catholics wear a cross on their foreheads today
- Today is Ash Wednesday that marks the start of the Lenten season
- The Philippines is the biggest Catholic nation in Southeast Asia.
You may have bumped into someone with a cross written on their forehead. What does that mean?
One of the ceremonies done on Christians and Catholics are putting ashes on their heads. In some countries, the ash is sprinkled over their heads, while in some countries, it is marked on their foreheads as a visible cross.
The ash used by priests is from the palm branches blessed on last year’s Palm Sunday. Priests apply the ashes drawing a cross and say “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” or “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”.
The ash is to remind worshippers’ of their mortality and sinfulness. Thus, the need for fasting and repentance.
Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Filipinos have different traditions for the Lent. The Philippines is the biggest Catholic nation in Southeast Asia.