Ash Wednesday’s Litany of Penitence and the Beatitudes: A Prayer

Dean Reggie M. Kidd

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

 

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray: 

Lord God, Master of heaven and earth, we confess our pride and sense of entitlement. May we know the freedom of Christ’s humility, that ours may be the kingdom of heaven. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Father of mercies and God of all comfort, we acknowledge our envy of people who are better off than we. May we know your Son’s tears for a broken world, that we may know your comfort. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

O God whose strength is made perfect in weakness, we confess our anger at blocked life-agendas and our overt or covert vendettas when we are slighted or hurt. May we know the power of our Savior’s cross — the victory of meekness and peaceableness, that we may inherit the earth and be called your children.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

God of majesty and glory, we acknowledge carelessness in study of your Word and fecklessness in obedience to it; we acknowledge negligence in prayer and boredom in worship, compounded by timidity in commending the faith to those who do not yet know you. May we know for ourselves Christ’s own hunger for his Father’s approving word and our Savior’s thirst that all things be made right, that we may know deep soul-satisfaction.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Father of lights and Giver of all good gifts, we confess our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts. May we learn the heart of Christ’s mercy instead, that we may receive mercy ourselves.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

God of prophets and apostles and martyrs, we acknowledge our self-indulgent appetites. May we instead take our place alongside the reviled and the persecuted, that we may know the joy of heaven’s reward, the fellowship of the prophets.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Holy God and Righteous Father, we confess our impure thoughts, wandering eyes, and untethered hearts. May we sense Christ’s pure and purifying love, that we may see God.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen. 

Collect for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all 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 you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.