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Aklan Catholic College celebrated
Ash Wednesday Mass at ACC Gymnasium, Main Campus

Aklan Catholic College celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at ACC Gymnasium, Main Campus, presided by the ACC priests, Rev. Fr. Glenn C. Magpusao, College & Basic Education Department Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Renier T. Supranes, Christian Formation & Development Department Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Paul Andrew Buenaventura S. Sayon V, Vice President for Finance and Rev. Fr. Jose Gualberto I. Villasis, Ph.D., Rector-President.

Ash Wednesday begins our forty day season of Lent that leads to Easter. On Ash Wednesday, we come together like the people of the Old Testament to remind ourselves that we need to ask God for His mercy and forgiveness. Like God's people in the time of the prophets, we wear ash to show that we want to turn away from whatever keeps us from God, and to have a change of heart, so that we can live in right relationship with God and each other.

On Ash Wednesday, the priest or person giving out ash rubs them on our forehead in the shape of a cross while saying, "Repent and believe in the Gospel" or "Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel".

However, in accordance with the statement of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), church's heads were told to put ash on top of the head instead of marking the ash on the forehead amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.

For Catholics, Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting and abstaining from meat. Fasting reminds us that food alone cannot make us happy. We must also be fed with prayer, with God's Word and by meeting Jesus in the Sacraments, especially the Reconciliation and Eucharist (the Mass). The small sacrifices we make during Lent make room in our hearts to welcome the risen Jesus at Easter.

source : The Aklan Collegian