Ash Wednesday 2/13 @ 7:30

Date: February 13, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm

The following is a prayer we will share as a part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy:

Ash Wednesday invites us to come back to earth.
To wonder at the gift of life,
my life
our life
with the earth, the shared body of our existence.

These ashes were once palms lifted in praise,
from places where life was lived to its fullest.
Once they were full of life.
Now they are black and grey.

But mixed with the waters of our baptism make good fertilizer:
it will help the seeds of the gospel take deeper root in us
and bring forth the fruits,
the harvest of justice, peace, and generosity.

These are ashes worth wearing.

May we accept this gift.  And be blessed.
And be assured we will be different at the end of this season.
For from the burnt ashes will spring the green shoot of life
and the purple flower of attentiveness to God.

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