.::Ash Wednesday

Opening Prayer for Ash Wednesday Service From the Book of Common Prayer:

“Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have

made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and

make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily

lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission

and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives

and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever

and ever. Amen.

Today is Ash Wednesday were most of Christendom enters in to the season of Lent by reflecting on one’s falleness, one’s sin, one’s mortality.  It is a somber, dark, service that lacks significant joy YET it allows for joy to be in our lives. There is a prayer that I love in the service that says:

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Robert Benson makes the comment that Liturgy takes us to places that we would rarely CHOOSE to go ourselves and Ash Wednesday is one of those liturgies that speaks to this fact.

How often would we really choose to reflect on our sin?

How often would we choose to think of our mortality?

How often would we really want to admit that we are fallen?

How often would we really admit that we are NOT God?

When you receive the ashes in the service the following phrase is uttered:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

While this is not the most uplifting thing to utter, it does remind you that 1.  You are NOT God and 2. That we are going to die one day.

One of those things that we all need to be reminded of from time to time or else we will find ourselves too big for our britches.


5 Responses to “.::Ash Wednesday”

  1. Thanks for this posting. You have made Ash Wednesday understandable, my Catholic friends did not explain it as well. Several of my students came to school today with their ashes on their foreheads and showed them to me. I wonder how many of them really realize the significance?

  2. You bet. I am glad to hear I could help…

  3. – I love this! I have been feeling the exact same way about Lent. Not sure I undaestrnd why these things only last for a small window of time and then return back to our old ways. I have had a blog post brewing for quite some time waiting to post it. I did however deactivate FB for Lent I am praying by Easter God would either tell me that it needs to stay deactivated or guide me to use it for His purposes only.So thankful for your heart Chantel and all that you share! XO!

  4. He!eue!!hShdah takut sampai terkencing2 budak2 PDO ni, aku cabar krew2 PDO semua tunjukkan muka di dalam blog ni, xpun keluar dalam paper, baru ar lagi popular. tak gituh???

  5. I see some significant differences. Compared to George W. Bush, Stephen Harper seems smarter, tougher, colder, more small-mindedly pragmatic, and less charismatic. He’s also a Canadian conservative rather than an American one, which gives him a different set of preoccupations – although not, to be sure, as different as one might wish.

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