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Ash Wednesday: A Season of Dying Begins

February 13, 2013

dustToday is Ash Wednesday.

Today we remember that we came from dust and to dust we return.

Today we remember that our lives are but a vapor and God is forever.

Today we begin our return; to relationship, to wholeness, to life, to God.

A prayer for Ash Wednesday:

Come back to the Lord with all your heart;

leave the past in ashes,

and turn to God with tears and fasting,

for he is slow to anger and ready to forgive. (Joel 2:13)

Let the priests and ministers of the Lord

lament before his altar, and say:

Spare us, Lord, spare your people!

Do not let us die for we are crying out to you. (Joel 2:17; Est 13:17)–The Sacrementary

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