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