The University of Santo Tomas campus was lit blue and yellow, the colors of Ukraine’s flag, to express the University’s solidarity with the people and Church of Ukraine on the evening of Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
Included in the lighting were the Main Building, Benavides Garden, the Arch of the Centuries, and the UST Chapel. The lights were visible from March 2 to 4, 2022.
In observance of the Lenten Season and in response to the appeal of His Holiness Pope Francis, echoed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Eucharistic celebrations with the special intention of Reconciliation and Peace in the World were held throughout the day.
It culminated with a University Mass at 5:30 P.M., presided over by the Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P.
The faithful participated onsite strictly in accordance with standard health protocols, such as wearing of face masks, since Metro Manila de-escalated to Alert Level 1 on March 1, 2022. The Catholic tradition of receiving ash crosses on the foreheads during Ash Wednesday was once again implemented to the faithful—a practice put on halt because of pandemic restrictions.
Joining the Eucharistic Celebration online through the Facebook page of the Santísimo Rosario Parish Church was also available.
In addition to the lights, the Stations of the Cross were set up at the Benavides Garden for Lent. Purple
flaglets, which symbolize repentance and reconciliation, are also on the lampposts inside the campus.