- Some churchgoers of San Roque Cathedral got a nasty souvenir from Ash Wednesday
- The skins on their foreheads were burned by the ash
- Church officials said they have no idea what caused the burning
- Students were also affected
It was supposed to be a symbol of faith, but devotees were shocked when they got a nasty burn instead.
Catholics all over the Philippines observed Ash Wednesday on February 14. Devotees flocked to church to get marked with the cross of ash as a symbol of their faith.
But a number of devotees from the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City felt their skin getting burned from the ashes on their forehead.
In a report by GMA News, Mae Aldovino and Dave Peciller narrated what happened to them. They have been going to the said church for more than twenty years.
Mae thought the heat she felt on her forehead was a sign from God that she needed to go to confession.
"Right after napahiran kami ng abo, may naramdaman kaming init. Naisip namin maybe it's time to confess. And then after an hour may init pa rin kaming naramdaman," said Mae.
Dave, meanwhile, felt a slight fever after getting the ash.
"Nilalagnat ako, sumama 'yung pakiramdam ko. Nagsimba nga tayo dahil Ash Wednesday. Sana may action taken ang simbahan sa pangyayari na ito," said Dave Peciller.
Church officials admitted that they received complaints from other churchgoers last Wednesday. They changed the ashes as soon as they got word what happened.
However, the church also administered the same ashes on their school-to-school ministry.
"Nung nalaman namin 'yon actually pinapalitan na namin 'yung mga ashes. Kaso naibigay din sa ibang schools ng mga lay ministers. Hindi naman talaga namin ninanais na itong unang araw ng Kuwaresma ay magkaganito 'yung nangyari.
"We really apologize to all who have been affected on what should have been a holy and solemn occasion," said Fr. Jeronimo Cruz, rector of San Roque Cathedral.
According to GMA News, the church has sent the ashes to a laboratory for testing.
The church is also providing first aid for all affected devotees and school children. They can also go to the church to reimburse expenses for their medication or first aid.
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