Morning Prayers of Ash Wednesday

Giant Cross by Debbie Scalise

Giant Cross by Debbie Scalise

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

O God, come to my aid.

O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.

Amen.


Psalm 50 (51)

God, have mercy on me

My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.

Take pity on me, Lord, in your mercy;

in your abundance of mercy wipe out my guilt.

Wash me ever more from my guilt

and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know how guilty I am:

my sin is always before me.

Against you, you alone have I sinned,

and I have done evil in your sight.

Know this, so that you may give just sentence

and an unbiased judgement.

See, I was conceived in guilt,

in sin my mother conceived me;

but you love truth in the heart,

and deep within me you have shown me your wisdom.

You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be made clean;

you will wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

You will make me hear the sound of joy and gladness;

the bones you have crushed will rejoice.

Turn your face away from my sins

and wipe out all my transgressions;

create a pure heart in me, God,

put a steadfast spirit into me.

Do not send me away from your presence,

or withdraw your holy spirit from me;

give me again the joy of your salvation,

and be ready to strengthen me with your spirit.

I will teach the unjust your ways,

and the impious will return to you.

Free me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, God my saviour,

and my voice will glory in your justice.

Open my lips, Lord,

and my mouth will proclaim your praise;

for you do not delight in sacrifices:

if I offered you a burnt offering, it would not please you.

The true sacrifice is a broken spirit:

a contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not refuse.

Be pleased, Lord, to look kindly on Zion,

so that the walls of Jerusalem can be rebuilt,

Then indeed you will accept the proper sacrifices, gifts and burnt offerings;

then indeed will bullocks be laid upon your altar.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready.


Canticle : Jeremiah 14

Lamentation of the people in the time of famine and war

The Lord has clothed me in the garments of salvation.

Let my eyes shed tears, night and day, let them never cease,

for the daughter of my people is afflicted with a great affliction,

with the worst of all wounds.

If I go out into the fields, behold, those slain by the sword;

if I go into the city, behold, those wasted by famine.

Prophet and priest go through the land, they know nothing.

Surely you have not rejected Judah, thrust him from you?

Surely Zion has not become hateful to your heart?

Why have you struck us down beyond all hope of healing?

We have looked for peace, but no good came;

we have looked for the time of healing, but trouble came instead.

We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the evil done by our fathers:

we acknowledge that we have sinned.

Do not make us a reproach, for your name’s sake,

and do not make us a disgrace before the throne of your glory.

Remember the covenant you made with us: do not bring it to an end.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

The Lord has clothed me in the garments of salvation.


Psalm 99 (100)

Enter the Temple with joy

I will praise my God as long as I live.

Rejoice in the Lord, all the earth,

and serve him with joy.

Exult as you enter his presence.

Know that the Lord is God.

He made us and we are his

his people, the sheep of his flock.

Cry out his praises as you enter his gates,

fill his courtyards with songs.

Proclaim him and bless his name;

for the Lord is our delight.

His mercy lasts for ever,

his faithfulness through all the ages.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

I will praise my God as long as I live.


A Reading from Deuteronomy 7:6,8-9

It is you that the Lord our God has chosen to be his very own people out of all the peoples on the earth. It was for love of you and to keep the oath he swore to your fathers that the Lord brought you out with his mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know then that the Lord your God is God indeed, the faithful God who is true to his covenant and his graciousness for a thousand generations towards those who love him and keep his commandments.


Canticle : The Messiah and his forerunner

When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.

He has raised up the sign of salvation

in the house of his servant David,

as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,

his prophets through the ages:

to rescue us from our enemies

and all who hate us,

to take pity on our fathers,

to remember his holy covenant

and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,

that he would give himself to us,

that we could serve him without fear

freed from the hands of our enemies

in uprightness and holiness before him,

for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:

for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,

to let his people know their salvation,

so that their sins may be forgiven.

Through the bottomless mercy of our God,

one born on high will visit us

to give light to those who walk in darkness,

who live in the shadow of death;

to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do.


Prayers and Intercessions

Let us give thanks to God the Father for his gift of the season of Lent, which starts today. We pray that during this holy time he may fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit and thus purify them and make them steadfast in love:

Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

May we be fed and satisfied

by every word that comes from your mouth.

Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

Although we long to perform grand and magnificent acts of love,

may we still take all the tiny opportunities for love that each day brings.

Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

Give us the gift of abstaining from excess,

so that we can give more to our poorer brethren.

Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

May we carry your Son’s death around in our bodies:

for through his body you have given us life.

Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.


Our Father, who art in Heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Lord, we begin our service in Christ’s army with this holy fast.

We shall be fighting spiritual evils,

so we must arm ourselves with bodily discipline.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.

Amen.

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7 Responses to Morning Prayers of Ash Wednesday

  1. ukok says:

    Amen!

    Well todays prayer certainly spoke to me on various levels. Lent is my favourite Liturgical season and the prayers of the Church are just one part of what makes Lent so special for me.

    Although we long to perform grand and magnificent acts of love,

    may we still take all the tiny opportunities for love that each day brings.

    This part of the prayers especially touched my heart as all too often i think that my smallest gesture of love and devotion is not ‘enough’ and then i think i have to do something grand, some enormous penance or something….but of course, what happens is that i end up giving God nothing because the conviction does not last for very long and i become complacent.

    I am really looking forward to going to Mass tonight and recieving the imposition of the ashes and starting Lent off in a really meaningful way.May we all have a much blessed Lent!

  2. Mimi says:

    A blessed Lent to you and yours.

  3. Shannon says:

    Is this ukok from CF??

  4. Karen says:

    What a fabulous photo!

    • ukok says:

      Glad you like it Karen, i took it in Wales. Me and the kids could see the top of the cross everytime we drove through a certain part of Wales, but it took us hours to wrok out where it actually was because it was situated at the top of a hill and the hill was somewhere in the middle of a city centre…every street we went up was a dead end, and at last, we found the way. By which time it was evening!

      I have a few other shots of it from different angles, i will be posting them in the morning prayer posts 🙂

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