Ash Wednesday the Journey Begins

I’ve heard that attendance at church on Ash Wednesday is one of the highest in the church year. I guess we Catholics love getting stuff for free even if it is ashes. I wonder where Palm Sunday ranks.

Ash Wednesday starts our forty days of following Christ in the desert. We cast off our excesses and focus on prayer, fasting and alms giving. I thought I would share this link to aid us all in our Lenten journey.

I pray your Lenten journey brings you closer to the risen Christ.  May Christ’s example inspire you, the Father’s Love strengthen you, and the Holy Spirit guide you.

Penitential Prayer of St. Ambrose of Milan:

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.  Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore Thee, a heart to delight in Thee, to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake, Amen  St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397)

Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian:

O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of laziness, despair, lust of power, and idle talk (prostration)

But give rather the spirit of sobriety, humility, patience and love to Thy servant. (prostration)

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages.  Amen (prostration) St. Ephraim the Syrian (AD 305-373)

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