Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Collect appointed for Ash Wednesday (BCP, p. 124.)

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

May the blessings that can come from a Holy Lent be upon us all. As we pray this collect during the 40 days of preparation for Easter, we are to remind ourselves of our sinfulness and brokeness, and that we are incapable of changing ourselves without help. For our help comes only from Almighty God.

Grace and peace to those who seek to prepare their hearts and minds for the joys that await us with the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. It is in the preparation that we are allowed into the depths of the Paschal Mystery.

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