Ash Wednesday is observed mainly by the Roman Catholic Churches and by some Protestant denominations such as Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Lutherans. Today, in Belize and many other countries around the world, Christians received ashes in the form of a cross on the forehead. The cross is a symbol of death and regret for past sins, and is observed 46 days before Easter. For a look at Ash Wednesday in Belmopan, we join Fem Cruz.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Today Christians all around the world are celebrating Ash Wednesday. Today is the beginning of the Lent season and it’s focused on the suffering of Christ. To tell us more about the forty days of Lent and this morning’s mass in Belmopan Father Jordan Gongora explained more.
Father Jordan Gongora: “Yes. Today is Ash Wednesday in the Roman Catholic Church and in our country and throughout the world as well. Here in Belmopan our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral we had mass this morning and services for school. We are very careful with distributing the ashes, this year we’re using q-tips to mark their foreheads with the blessed ashes. We’re using one q-tip per person and the ministers are very careful as well, we sanitize our hands after that. The significant of this day is the ashes remind us our weakness and our need to turn to God for salvation and forgiveness; that was my key address this morning to always focus on the love and mercy of God instead of our weakness. Those Christians who would like to receive the ashes but prefer to stay home they can come to our parish office today and receive a small packet of the ashes with instructions and take it home which is allowed for them to do that today on Ash Wednesday. I wish everyone a blessed Lent and all Christians a Lent that will lead us to god to experience his mercy and forgiveness.”