Malacañang Palace gave a reminder to the public this Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
In a press statement, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque reminded the public to adhere to health protocols at the beginning of the Lenten season.
The country is commemorating Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter.
According to Roque, churches are now allowed for a 50% capacity so devotees should be more careful because more people are attending.
“Kinakailangan po ipagpatuloy natin ang pag-iingat. Ang panawagan po ng ating Pangulo ay ipagpatuloy natin ang ating Mask,Hugas at Iwas,” Roque said.
Meanwhile, in view of Ash Wednesday, to prevent personal contact and possible COVID infection, the ashes are no longer applied to the forehead of the devotees but are simply sprinkled on the head.
The Church, on the other hand, says that Ash Wednesday is not only because of the anointing of the ashes but must understand its deeper meaning in a person’s spiritual aspect.