Saturday, September 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent which falls forty six days before Easter. It is not on a fixed date, falling on a different date each year because it is reliance on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes that are used are mostly gathered after the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burned.

Lent takes 40-days (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. This 40-day period is meant to mark Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness. Where he fasted and where the Devil tempted him. In this period of lent believers are expected to set aside a time each year for similar fasting. Consequently followed by a celebration of Christs death and Resurrection.

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Ash Wednesday Prayer

Heavenly Father, Blessed One, have mercy on us. Lord, as we repent our sins to You. We have been deficient in Your glory and without your mercy and grace, we would be non-existent. Father, we repent now. Lord, as we embark onto this Lenten season, be close to us. Help us Lord, through Your Holy Spirit, to believe in what is right and in repentance for our sin. Help us, by your Spirit, to have the strength to defeat the enemy.

Thank you, Father, that Easter is arriving! Death has no power, no victory, because of Jesus! Glory and honor and praise be to His Name! Lord, thank you for rescuing us. Help us appreciate both the importance and the joy of this season in our hearts and as we move through the next several weeks. Help us bear the good fruit of Your Spirit.

Father, thank you, for the ashes on our forehead do not symbolize our ultimate reality. We might have been formed from the dust , but our bodies, our spirits, ourselves, await beautiful redemption and the restoration of all things. Help us wait and look forward to that day, and let it come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.”

Ash Wednesday Meditation Prayer

“Loving God, today marks the beginning of a period of inner reflection and examination. Father, the days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that houses Your Holy Spirit. This special period invites me to examine my life through our Lord Jesus Christ’s eyes and the truth and reality of your love embodied. Father, give me the grace to enter the atmosphere of these days with anticipation of our meeting. Lord, when I open my heart to your presence, let your loving kindness flow over me and seep into the pockets of my soul. I ask this for the sake of your love.”

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Ash Wednesday Reflection Prayer

Almighty and Loving Father,
you do not hate anything you have made
and forgive the sins of all who are repentant.
Create and make in us clean and remorseful hearts.
So that, we can worthily regret our sins
and acknowledging our wickedness,
may we obtain from You, the Father of all mercy,
perfect absolution and forgiveness.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

1979 Book of Common Prayer

Ash Wednesday Ashes to Ashes Prayer

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
All that is not of God must die.
Also, all that is crushed will be made whole again.
Lord, all that is lost will be found again,
Father, may we repent of the ways that we did not serve you.
May we surrender to the tensions that tell us where we need to change,
Christ is coming walking towards the cross.
God may we see him clearly
Pouring out love
Pour out mercy
Pouring out peace.
May we kneel before him in humble devotion,
May we take up our cross and follow
And walk with Christ into the ways of life. Amen.”

Intercessions for Ash Wednesday

Loving God of renewal, remember your church: [pause]
those who guide your people,
those ordained to serve,
those called to lead.
For this, remember your mercy, God.

Heavenly God of forgiveness, remember your lands: [pause]
cities ravaged by war,
people plagued by hunger,
nations unable to reunite.
For this, remember your mercy, Father.

God of rest, remember your people: [pause]
those overwhelmed,
those cornered by fear,
those who have lost their path to you.
For this, show your mercy, Lord.

Lord God of salvation, remember our parish: [pause]
those who preach to the broken,
who shelter the homeless,
who look for safe refuge within our doors.
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of living waters, remember our catechumens: [pause]
those who long to get to know you,
and those who hunger for your bread of life,
those who thirst for your cup of salvation.
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of promise, remember the sick,
especially those we now name: [pause]
For this, remember your mercy, Lord.

God of resurrection, remember our dead,
especially those we now name: [pause]
For this, remember your mercy Lord. Amen.”

Ash Wednesday Hymns

“Never has it been so easy to live in half a dozen harmless worlds at once — art, music, social science, games, motoring, the following of some profession, and so on. And between them we run the risk of drifting about, the good hiding the best. It is easy to find out whether our lives are focused, and if so, where the focus lies. Where do our thoughts settle when consciousness comes back in the morning? Where do they swing back when the pressure is off during the day? Dare to have it out with God, and ask Him to show you whether or not all is focused on Christ and His Glory. Turn your soul’s vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him.”

Ash Wednesday Verse

Ecclesiastes 3:6

A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.

Daniel 10:12

Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.

Matthew 4:2

And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.

Matthew 6:16-17

“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face

Isaiah 58:4-6

“Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high. “Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the LORD? “Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?

Matthew 17:21

[“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]

1 Corinthians 7:5

Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Ephesians 5:20

always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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