Thursday, March 10, 2011

Not Just for the Record...

Everybody knows Ash Wednesday.... Yeah, the start of the Lenten Season. But here in Manila, specifically in a 21.5 hectare patch of land called the University of Santo Tomas, it's more than having small ash crosses on every Thomasian's forehead. Let the pictures do the talking....

I suppose you saw these pictures online, and they are found HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE

And check out other pics from a Thomasian Tumblr page.

You could also check out Fr. Nilo Lardizabal, O.P.'s Facebook album, where the last photo is credited.

The event started by around 2:30 in the afternoon, where the students started to enter the open field and started to take the shape of the Cross. When the outline was completed, Thomasians pitched in and filled the insides. From the air and top floors, it was way better than the QRosary even if it didn't have a dry run due to the bad weather. When the formation was complete, Rev. Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P., Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs, led the 15-minute prayer highlighted by the Oratio Imperata for the Respect of All Human Life, the tolling of the bells in front of the UST Chapel, and the UST Hymn. After the dispersion of the participants, the Ash Wednesday Mass was celebrated by the University's Rector, Rev. Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P., among other Dominican Fathers. 

Well, I guess Guinness would be satisfied of this after a minor issue about the Human Rosary. Nevertheless, God would be glorified by this feat. This only means that UST remains loyal to Christ (the Cross) and His Church (the Dominican Cross, with the Dominican Order as one of the leading Catholic religious orders). Many may say that this is an absolute waste of time. Who cares? They won't even dare to counter this sign.... As it is said: In hoc Signo vinces--In this Sign, thou shalt triumph.

P.S.: Also check out a report published by The V about this....

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