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Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Collect:
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Old Testament:
Isaiah 58:1-12 KJV

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

The Psalm:
Psalm 103 KJV

Benedic, anima mea
Bless the Lord, O my soul:*
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,*
and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;*
who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;*
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;*
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executeth righteousness*
and judgment for all that are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses,*
his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,*
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide:*
neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins;*
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth,*
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,*
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children,*
so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame;*
he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass:*
as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;*
and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,*
and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant,*
and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens;*
and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength,*
 that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts;*
ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion:*
bless the Lord, O my soul.

The Epistle:
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 KJV
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

 

The Gospel:
Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 KJV

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

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