Ash Wednesday

Once again Lent is upon us.  I will be providing the daily readings for Lent.  For this year, I am choosing the Morning Prayer readings as they appear in the Book of Alternative Services.  They will be link to the oremus Bible Browser, where you can enter them in and read them.  Along the way I hope to be offering a few thoughts about the readings.

The Readings for today are:  Psalms 95, 32, 143; Amos 5:6-15; Hebrews 12:1-14

Dear Friends in Christ: 

Every year at the time of the Christian Passover                                                                 we celebrate our redemption                                                                                          through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                        Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration                                                                        and to renew our life in the paschal mystery.

We begin this holy season                                                                                                         by remembering our need for repentance                                                                           and for the mercy and forgiveness                                                                               proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes,                                                        an ancient sign,                                                                                                                 speaking of the frailty and uncertainty of human life,                                                        and marking the penitence of the community as a whole.

I invite you therefore, in the name of the Lord,                                                                     to observe a holy Lent                                                                                                               by self-examination, penitence, prayer,                                                                               fasting, and almsgiving,                                                                                                           and by reading and meditating on the word of God.

Let us kneel before our Creator and Redeemer.



Taken from the Book of Alternative Services,  thanks to St. Matthew Anglican for posting it online.


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