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iReport: Ash Wednesday in the Philippines
February 22nd, 2012
04:53 PM ET

iReport: Ash Wednesday in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines (CNN iReport)– iReporter "armantaylo" shot these photos Wednesday of Catholics receiving the imposition of ashes at the famous Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines. "The service went peacefully but the line to get anointed is never ending, as passerby also join the line," he said.

See the pictures here form CNN iReport
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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity

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  1. Yessica

    Posted on I think this web site has got some rattling ecexllent info for everyone. The individual will always be a minority. If a man is in a minority of one, we lock him up. by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  2. SOMEONE CARES FOR YOU! AMEN!

    amen! God Loves You!

    The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"

    The problem is that . . .

    2 All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our sins have separated us from God.

    The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”

    The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,

    3 God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

    Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

    Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life – of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."

    God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name." You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.

    4 If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

    "Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."

    February 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  4. Jennifer

    IN GOD WE TRUST

    February 23, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The McCarthy era sure was fun, wasn't it?
      All them commie atheists would be in jail if good ol' Joe was still running things...

      February 23, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • captain america

      I like LBJ myself he had the balls to pick the canadian prime minister up by the throat and tell him not to come into his living room and pi ss on the rug. It is like telling Doc V and the other border hoppers to mind their own F'n business. There's your sign

      February 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  5. Hymn

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries&w=640&h=360]

    February 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Art

      Posted on Certain post sites are usually hecanend rather than other people, thus it really is a new very good thought to be able to look and feel surrounding and come across ones which are inside your niche.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  6. hippypoet

    fuc.kget ash wednesday...... want meat, eat it! No imaginary sky fairy will tell me otherwise ~ not that the fairy is talking to anyone anyway, or ever has for that matter! And just so you all know, fish and chicken are NOT to be eaten either – why you ask, why the definition of the word meat may be of service here – meat :The flesh of an animal as food. Fish and birds are animals too for any who are too stupid to not know that already! 🙂

    Oh and just to give some insight here – jesus supposedly spent 40 days in the desert...the fasting is penance and inner cleansing for catholics....which is confusing because if one was to be not clean by eating meat then why eat it in the first place if once eaten one has to fast to be clean from it? Second, (in the form of a condescending question) what do you think the J man ate while in the desert? lots of vegetation there right? My answer (in the form of a condescending answser) I mean, its like a garden of eden in the desert wherever jesus went, sure – totally buy that! Or he ate anything he had at arms reach...now thats more likely, but why be rational when religion is on line...so sorry, never again, i swear to god! 🙂

    hugs and kisses,
    the Hippypoet

    Now fuc.k off! 🙂

    February 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  7. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.

    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.

    Prayer makes you fat.

    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.

    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.

    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.

    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.

    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.

    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.

    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.

    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.

    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.

    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.

    Prayer dulls your senses.

    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.

    Prayer makes you hoard cats.

    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.

    Prayer wastes time.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.

      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.

      Prayer makes you fat.

      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.

      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.

      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.

      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.

      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.

      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.

      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.

      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.

      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.

      Prayer dulls your senses.

      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.

      Prayer makes you hoard cats.

      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.

      Prayer wastes time.

      February 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
      need proof? see reply above

      February 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  9. Nii Croffie

    The ashes imposed upon the forehead is an old semitic tradition where someone in mourning wears sackcloth, pours ashes on himself, dishevels his hair, sits in ashes and goes without water. Eastern Orthodox, Copts, Monophysites, Roman Catholics and Anglicans mourn their sins during Lent n repent.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • JustIn

      The ancient lesbian Plinkotrons stand on their heads with green onions between their toes while holding bananas with their anuses, during the annual tri-lunar Convergence. That makes at least as much sense as any silly, contrived Christian ritual such as Lent or Christmas.

      February 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Nii..now that is hilarious..it would make a great Monty Python skit. Really..the master of the universe wants folks to put ash on their foreheads...the folks in Pompeii must have made him really proud.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • Brad

      The ashes are a tradition, not a sacrament. Penitence is the only important element of it and that doesn't require ashes. Does God care? I believe so: "My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise."

      February 23, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The atheists have a hard time with contextual reading comprehension. They did not see the word TRADITION. I thought rational thinking requires an open mind! Well atheists manage to close their minds and think "rationally" whatever they mean by that word.

      February 25, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  10. Reality

    Looking past the supersti-tion of ashes:

    JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would do or say?

    February 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • ......

      hit report abuse on all reality garbage

      February 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Bellevue

      poster @...... has gone dotty again!

      February 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
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