Ash Wednesday

Posted: March 19, 2019 in Lent, Prayer
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Father in Heaven, Protect us in our struggle against our weaknesses.  As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen

What is Lent? 

 Lent is a preparation time before Easter. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert before he started his public ministry.  We in the same way, spend 40 days fasting, abstaining, praying and doing something extra.

Reader 1: We pray for the Church and her members,  Let them not neglect the grace they have received, but turn again to the Lord in prayer and repentance.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 2: We pray for the leaders of the world, Let them understand that man does not live by bread alone, and seek, by their laws, a deeper meaning to life by reconciling all men to each other.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 1: We pray for those who are caught up in sinful habits, Let them be faithful to the Gospel, which will bring about in them a change of heart, and turning again to the light of grace, let them abandon the ways of sin.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 2: We pray for the members of our school, Let the giving of ashes today be a sign to us that material things will disappear, and help us to give more attention to the things of the spirit.

Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader 1: Mary’s life was filled with prayer, with her we pray. Hail Mary.

Reader 2: We pray for a moment in silence for our own intentions.

Miss Whelan: Father, complete your work of spiritual renewal during Lent, and throughout the years ahead, as we spend our lives in your loving, prayerful service. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Why Ashes?

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

SENDING FORTH: Dismissal with Blessing

May God, who has forgiven and fed us,
now make us strong for these days ahead.

May Jesus lead us, and we be found faithful to follow.

May the Spirit drive us into the wilderness,
burning away the chaff of our lives,
and purifying our hearts for all to see
and be blessed.

Pastor: And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Be with us and remain with us always!

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