Spirituality is embedded deeply in the hearts of Christian Filipinos. Each year, there are two religious Holidays that they celebrate – Christmas & Lent. As we are in the midst of Lent, Filipinos observe this season by praying, fasting, confessing and making commitments on how to live a better and Godly life. Discipline, such as giving up certain foods or activities, is a big part of this tradition.
Nine hundred years after Jesus, there was an international agreement that a season of serious prayer and repentance should be observed for forty days leading up to the resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday). Forty days was taken from the length of time that Jesus spent in the desert where He was tested. This was then called Lent because it is the time of year in which daylight in the northern hemisphere lengthens.
Traditionally, the first day of Lent is called Ash Wednesday, a day when Christians attend church to be reminded of what it means to be human and to seek forgiveness. Ash is placed on the foreheads of worshippers in the shape of a cross.
As we observe this season of self-examination, let us look forward to the day when victory was accomplished by the resurrection of our Lord. Allow us to help you make preparations leading up to Easter Sunday.