DUST // Ash Wednesday

[ at top of every post will be the daily reading. Thought, reflections, insight will be below. ]

READING :: Genesis 2:4-7

(i hope your are able to participate in an Ash Wednesday service. I thought i would copy a few things that are common to that service and that i think will be especially helpful to participate in and guide us on this journey.)

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.


Isaiah 58:1-12    ::    Psalm 103    ::     2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10    ::    Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

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.

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

(this is what they say when your getting the ashes. but even if you don’t this is what you should be thinking about today.)


Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. [ Have mercy on us, Lord. ]

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit. [ Have mercy on us, Lord. ]


We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,

[ We confess to you, Lord. ]

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, [ We confess to you, Lord. ]

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves, [ We confess to you, Lord. ]

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work, [ We confess to you, Lord. ]

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us, [ We confess to you, Lord. ]


Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, [ Accept our repentance, Lord. ]

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, [ Accept our repentance, Lord. ]


For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us, [ Accept our repentance, Lord. ]

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us; [ Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great. ]

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation, [ That we may show forth your glory in the world. ]

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord, [ Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection. ]

After the Litany of Penitence it might be helpful to spend some time meditating on some of the readings. I might focus in on Psalm 103 during this time.

Grace and peace