We pray, through Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest and Lord over all creation, Amen.
PENITENTIAL ADDRESS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY:
Dear brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ, on this day the Church begins a holy season of prayerful and penitential reflection. Our attention is especially directed to the holy sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From ancient times the season of Lent has been kept as a time of special devotion, self-denial, and humble repentance born of a faithful heart that dwells confidently on His Word and draws from it life and hope.
Let us pray that our dear Father in heaven, for the sake of His beloved Son and in the power of His Holy Spirit, might richly bless this Lententide for us so that we may come to Easter with glad hearts and keep the feast in sincerity and truth.
Let us pray.
O God, you desire not the death of sinners, but rather that they turn from their wickedness and live. We implore You to have compassion on the frailty of our mortal nature, for we acknowledge that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Mercifully pardon our sins that we may obtain the promises You have laid up for those who are repentant, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reign with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
March 2 at 5:30 PM
Ash Wednesday Divine Service – Holy Communion and voluntary imposition of ashes
(Potluck Supper at 5:00 PM)
Subsequent Wednesday Evenings in Lent
Vespers at 5:30 PM and light supper before at 5:00 PM
Jeremiah 17:5-8 – Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
We are also reminded of the sin of Achan in not trusting in the Lord to be faithful to His Word to bless and provide as the Israelites were to go into the promised land (see Joshua 7). And we are reminded of the disciples in the boat with Jesus (Luke 8):
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”