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PBBM hopes the spirit of Lent motivates Filipinos to give back to society.

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In observance of the Lenten season, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. urged the Catholic faithful on Wednesday to reaffirm their commitment to helping others.

The President made the call while participating in the Ash Wednesday celebration, which marks the beginning of Lent.

In a Facebook post, Marcos stated, “We pray for our nation’s calm reflection this Ash Wednesday.” “May the love of Christ motivate us to endure and faithfully carry on our service to others as we prepare for the season of Lent.”

In another Facebook post, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) expressed a desire for a serious Ash Wednesday ceremony.

According to the PCO, the event serves as a reminder for Catholic Christians to fast and pray.

“As the Lenten season begins, this day is an appropriate time to pray and fast as a way of commemorating Jesus Christ’s sacrifice,” it said. “Sa pagsisimula ng kwaresma, ang araw na ito ay pagkakataon para magdasal at mag-ayuno bilang tanda ng ating pagkilala at pakikiisa sa sa

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the 40-day Lenten period begins. Christians regard it as a holy day for fasting and prayer.

It originated from the old Jewish custom of fasting and penance using the ashes of palm fronds blessed on Palm Sunday the year before.

After being briefly discontinued during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, churches are once again allowing Catholics to place ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday.

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