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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Prayers of Ash Wednseday

As a start to Lent, I thought I would post some of the prayers of the Mass of the day. All prayers are taken from the traditional ordinary of the Mass.

Thou hast mercy upon all, O Lord, and
hatest none of the things which Thou hast
made, overlooking the sins of men for the
sake of repentance, and, sparing them: be-
cause Thou art the Lord our God. Ps. 56. 2.
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on
me: for my soul trusteth in thee. V. Glory

Grant, O Lord, to They faithful people, that
they may undertake with fitting piety the
venerable solemnities of fasting, and com-
plete them with steadfast devotion.

Through our Lord.

Joel 2: 12-19
Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted
to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in 
weeping, and in mourning. And rend your 
hearts, and not your garments, and turn to 
the Lord your God: for he is gracious and 
merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and 
ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth 
but he will return, and forgive, and leave a 
blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation 
to the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in 
Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly,
Gather together the people, sanctify the 
church, assemble the ancients, gather together 
the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: 
let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the 
bride out of her bride chamber. Between the 
porch and the altar the priests the Lord' s ministers 
shall weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare thy 
people: and give not thy inheritance to reproach, that 
the heathen should rule over them. Why should they 
say among the nations: Where is their God? The Lord 
hath been zealous for his land, and hath spared his 
people. And the Lord answered and said to his people: 
Behold I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and 
you shall be filled with them: and I will no more make 
you a reproach among the nations.

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