Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of penitence, reflection and preparation. I like to think of it as our own personal journey towards Jerusalem in which we face the wilderness of our own lives. It is the opportunity to fast the world in order that we might draw ever closer in our relationship with God. The ashes we receive is our witness and testimony before the world that we are on this journey. I offer this prayer to those receiving ashes today.

Almighty and merciful God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent; create in us new and contrite hearts, so that when we turn to you and confess our sins and acknowledge our need we may receive your full and perfect forgiveness. AMEN

Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. Gen. 3:19

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Bread For Life

Lenten Series: Finding Faith in God’s Forgiveness

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

7th & Edwards Street

Chester, Pa

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