Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday.
Go to Mass today and hear these words:
You are dust and to dust you shall return
OR
Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.
Receive ashes as a sign that we are sinners in need of forgiveness.  Enter into the season.
From the Eucharistic prayer for Reconciliation I, the following words come:
Father, all powerful and ever living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks and praise. You never cease to call us to a new and more abundant life.

God of love and mercy, you are always ready to forgive; we are sinners, and you invite us to trust in your mercy.

Time and time again we broke your covenant, but you did not abandon us. Instead, through your Son, Jesus our Lord, you bound yourself even more closely to the human family by a bond that can never be broken.

Now is the time for your people to turn back to you and to be renewed in Christ your Son, a time of grace and reconciliation.

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