Ash Wednesday 2021

Vicar – Rev. Paul Mellars (01246 731906) pdm23@talktalk.net
Associate Minister -Rev. Ian Price (01246 410892) revian@staccd.org.uk
Pastoral Worker – Kathryn Stringer 0791 8076939
Web site: www.staccd.org.uk

Ash Wednesday 2021- hopefully you have been able to create a paste made with some ash mixed with olive oil so you can make the ash cross on your forehead. If you just burn a match down, crush it down in a small dish and add a smidgen of olive oil that would be plenty of ash for a household.

Dear friends in Christ, every year we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration.  In order that our Lent may be a time of renewal and growth we begin this season by remembering our need for repentance and for the forgiveness of God proclaimed by Jesus Christ.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, self-denial, and giving to those in need, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.

We come before God on this Ash Wednesday and pray - Create in us clean hearts, O God:
and renew a right spirit within us. Amen.

Read Psalm 51. 1-18 & Matt 6: 1-6, 16-21

A time of quiet reflection.

We confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Almighty God,
Creator of heaven and earth,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word, and deed.
We have not loved you with all our being,
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves
we have disfigured your image in which we are made.
​In your mercy, forgive what we have been
and what we have done,
guide us and help us to amend our lives,
and bring us to fullness of life in you,
for the sake of your Son who died for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Imposition of Ashes                                                                         

Almighty God,
you have compassion on all your children,
and hate nothing you have made;
you do not desire the death of sinners,
but that they turn from their ways and live.

May these ashes be for us,
who are redeemed through the cross of Christ,
a sign of our death to sin,
and the pledge of our life in Christ;
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Amen.

I invite you to receive the mark of Christ’s cross,
with which we are signed at Baptism,
and by which we are forgiven our sins
and live to the glory of God.

Say these words as you make the sign of the cross on your/each other’s heads with the ash.

“I am/You are redeemed by the Cross of Christ”

​Prayer

Lord God Almighty,
your people are washed clean in the saving flood of baptism, and born again:
As we follow the way of the cross,
we ask you to unseal for us the wellspring of your grace,
cleanse our hearts of all that is not holy,
and cause your gift of new life to flourish in us;
grant this through Jesus Christ your Son,
who sets us free from sin,
and lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God, world without end.

Amen

Pope Francis.

Fast from hurtful words and speak kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Go in peace, journey through lent willing to be formed more and more by the influence of divine love.
Pray for God to strengthen you in his service,
remember the hope that is found in Jesus
and may God bless you and those you love now and always. Amen