Ash Wednesday – Holy Communion

(Modified 2022-03-03: Added audio recording)

March 2, 2022       The First Day of Lent commonly called   Ash Wednesday 

Audio recording of this service (including sermon)

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that 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.  Amen.

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                                    The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

Oh, Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth, despondency, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to 
Your servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions
and not to judge my brother.
For you are blessed, unto ages of ages. Amen.

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Organ Prelude: What Does the Lord Require          Erik Routley (1917-1982)

Sentences of Scripture       p.611 

Opening Hymn: # 611  Our Father, We Have Wandered

The Exhortation:  p. 611

The Lesson: Joel 2. 1-2, 12-17

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near,  a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been from of old,
nor will be again after them through the years of all generations.

“Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Who knows whether he will not turn and repent,
and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children,  even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.

Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep
and say, “Spare thy people, O Lord,  and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

R/ Thanks be to God                                                                                                                          

Please kneel.

Psalm 51   (said responsively by the full verse)   page 394

The Prayers    page 612

A Prayer for the Blessing of the Ashes

Versicles and Responses      page 614

Imposition of Ashes

Please come forward and kneel and the Altar rail to receive the imposition of ashes.

The Prayers                                      page 614-615.

Introit: Psalm 57.1-7                       page 400

Lord’s Prayer, Collect for Purity   page 67

The Decalogue                                  page 68

Lord have Mercy and Collect         page 70

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5: 20b- 6:10   

So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.”

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger;  by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;  as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed;  as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

R/ Thanks be to God                                                                                                                         

Psalm 103. 8-18   page 460

Gradual Hymn # 171  What Does the Lord Require

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (6.1-6, 16-21)

R/. Glory be to thee, O Lord         

Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,  so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. R/.  Praise be to Thee, O Christ

Sermon​                 Rvd. Paula Foster​

Offertory Hymn: # 605  Have Mercy, Lord, on Us

Offertory Anthem.

Blessed be thou, Lord of Israel, for ever and ever.
All that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine.
All Things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

The Intercession

Invitation, Confession and Absolution         page 76, 77                                                                                                                              

Great Thanksgiving, Peace, Prayer of Humble Access                                                                                                             

The Communion

Hymn after Communion: # 54 Bread of the World in Mercy Broken

Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                                            

Thanksgiving after Communion                                 page  85, 86                                                                                                                                                               

The Paschal Anthem  ( said together)

O KING all glorious amid thy /saintly /company, *
who /ever/ shalt be/ praised:

Thou, O Lord, art /in the/ midst of us, *
and we are called /by thy/ holy/ Name.

Leave us not,/ O our/ God;*
but grant us that with a pure conscience we may duly/keep the/Paschal Feast,

And at the /day of /judgement*
be placed in the number of thy Saints and chosen ones, /King /most/blessed.

The Blessing                                                                                                                

Hymn  #  606  There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Organ Postlude: Imploration 2      Jacques Berthier (1923-1994)