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ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST! Ash Wednesday 2015

February 21, 2015

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February 18. The first day of the season of Lent this year. Pastors and nuns applied ashes to the foreheads of Catholics, said to be signifying inner repentance.

Bac St Therese

Behind this is the wishing water fountain, or a wishing well[?] where the love padlocks can be seen on the fence.

Inside the compound of the National Shrine of the Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, people lined up for the cross sign to be applied on their foreheads. It was kind’a festive, falling as it was on Baclaran Day, or the day of the Mother of Perpetual Help. Nevertheless, it wasn’t as crowded as I expected because the Mass was still on-going at the time I went there.

What caught my attention was seeing for the first time the padlocks— a la love lock or love padlocks in Paris bridges — on the fence protecting the wishing font placed behind the statue of Mother Theresa. Symbol of the lover’s love as in the West? Well, I am sure they got the idea from there.

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However, the act by now is being seen as littering and vandalism by the authorities in the West. What will the Redemptorist Fathers do when padlocks totally cover the whole fence? Abangan!

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On the 40th Day or the end of the Lenten season, I will most probably check how it will look like…

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