WEDNESDAY (February 17, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20–21)
““Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven…And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1, 5-6)
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. This season is one of shifting shadows, reflecting our Lord’s journey to the Cross. As we journey with Christ, fasting, prayer and almsgiving (acts of mercy) may be a part of our Lenten practice. Such spiritual disciplines have their roots in the ancient Church, and while not commanded, can be helpful in reminding us to whom we belong. And, if practiced, these spiritual disciplines are to be done in humility and quiet—not shouting from the street corners.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Kathryn this day, O Lord, and show her your great love throughout all the days of her life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, You despise nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts that lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness we may receive from You full pardon and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.