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Good morning! It's Ash Wednesday.

Good morning/afternoon/ evening to every one! It’s 7:16 in the morning here at my end. I am still feeling sleepy lol . It’s Ash Wednesday. I and my mom were supposed to attend the 7:30 am mass but obviously, we woke up pretty late. Perhaps, we will attend the evening mass instead.

I woke by the sound of cockadoodledling roosters – our neighbor’s rooster. Since it’s Ash Wednesday,I am going to fast ; no meat for today. I started my day with pure Calamansi juice and two large bananas. For lunch, I will be having buttered shrimps and Jackfruit which my mom cooked last night. Most practicing Catholics fast or abstain on Ash Wednesday. I would love to eat homemade Nachos but that can wait for tomorrow lol.

Do you fast or abstain on Ash Wednesday? To those who are from other religious sect, when you do fast?


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Vitta wrote on February 17, 2015, 10:40 PM

Religious festivals are important as they are meaningful and keep us anchored to our beliefs. I am a Hindu and today is also a special day for us as it has religious significance. There actually stay up the whole night and pray to Lord Shiva.

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iamshane487 wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:20 PM

happy ash wednesday ! I never knew that it is Wednesday today! I am not Catholic but I respect this belief.

FernandoSHA wrote on February 18, 2015, 1:11 AM

I woke up at 5 to attend and serve at mass today.

Mommyjen wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:01 AM

Oh good for you &FernandSHA . I think I will just listen to the mass over the radio. I cannot go to the church by myself because my mom has gone somewhere.

Mommyjen wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:03 AM

I guess you are pretty busy that you did not notice it is already Wednesday. What is your religion?

Mommyjen wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:06 AM

Hi Vitta . Ash Wednesday is not a religious festival for Catholics. On this day, we go to the church to have our foreheads mark with ash to remind us that we came from dust and to dust we shall return. What are you celebrating now in your religion?

iamshane487 wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:41 AM

I don't have religion ..

iamshane487 wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:43 AM

my friend is very religious. hehehe

FernandoSHA wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:15 AM

Hahaha! Ms. Shane ( iamshane487 ), you really compliment me much LOL! Thanks and thanks again hehehe!

FernandoSHA wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:19 AM

Ms. Jen, you remind of what our Parish Priest told me this morning that we could go to the mall or offices nearby and impose the ashes on the employees there if they request for it. However, I told him that something like that has never been done here in our city. Probably in Metro Manila. Our Parish Priest is only a year in our parish. He's a GI (genuine "Intsik" who comes from China). BTW, our parish is a Chinese parish.

Mommyjen wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:38 AM

oh just like my brother. He is a buddhist. I learned from him that it is not a religion but a way of life. My husband did not have a religion but last year he decided to be a Catholic on his own will.

Mommyjen wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:42 AM

Oh I've never heard of that before. What I know is lectors can give Holy Communion to the parishioners if there are no lay ministers present.
Does your parish priest say mass in Chinese?

FernandoSHA wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:53 AM

Mass in Chinese is only celebrated on two occasions in our parish (tomorrow which is Chinese New Year and on the Feast of the Chinese Martyrs sometime in July). And about lectors, it's very seldom that they are requested to assist in the distribution of communion when the priest cannot do it all alone when there's many people receiving communion and when there are no Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to assist him. Lay minister is a general term and EMHC is specific to those who have been commissioned to assist the priest in distributing communion at mass and/or give communion to the sick, the elderly who are home-bound or those confined in the hospital. In extreme cases, the priest can even request a lay parishioner to assist in the distribution of communion (which is very, very seldom) at mass.

FernandoSHA wrote on February 18, 2015, 6:03 AM

I'm sure you were so happy with that sudden turnaround of your husband, Ms. Jen. As I've said, we really cannot underestimate the workings of the Holy Spirit.

AudreyHowitt wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:55 AM

My husband is a church musician and is playing for five masses today!

angelinavh wrote on February 18, 2015, 9:32 PM

I am also Catholic, I wish I could fast on ash Wednesday but since I have a variety of health problems I cannot, it is to dangerous for me since I am diabetic.

BodieMor wrote on February 19, 2015, 7:33 PM

I hope your day was easy and that the little girl child within was not craving meat! emoticon :winking:

cheri wrote on February 20, 2015, 8:06 PM

We had a mass at work but I was not able to hear it because I made it directly to the working table beating a deadline.