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PRAYERS FOR THE BLESSING AND GIVING OF ASHES

12 Feb

ASH WEDNESDAY
P. Dear friends in Christ,
let us ask our Father
to bless these ashes
which we will use
as the mark of our repentance.

Lord,
bless the sinner who asks for your forgiveness
and bless + all those who receive these ashes.
May they keep this lenten season
in preparation for the joy of Easter.

or:

Lord,
bless these ashes +
by which we show that we are dust.
Pardon our sins
and keep us faithful to the discipline of Lent,
for you do not want sinners to die
but to live with the risen Christ,
who reigns with you for ever and ever.

Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.

or:

Remember, man, you are dust
and to dust you will return.

ANTIPHONS:

1. Come back to the Lord with all your heart;
leave the past in ashes,
and turn to God with tears and fasting,
for he is slow to anger and ready to forgive.

2. Let the priests and ministers of the Lord
lament before his altar and say:
Spare us, Lord; spare your people!
Do not let us die for we are crying out to you.

3. Lord, take away our wickedness.

RESPONSORY:

Direct our hearts to better things, O Lord;
heal our sin and ignorance.
Lord, do not face us suddenly with death,
but give us time to repent.

R. Turn to us with mercy, Lord; we have sinned against you.
V. Help us, God our saviour, rescue us for the honour of your name.
R. Turn to us with mercy, Lord; we have sinned against you.

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