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Ash Wednesday Quotes Bible, Service, Ideas, Songs, Readings 2017, Reflection, Sunday Catholic Mass, Ashes, Definition, History, Bible Verses, Readings 2017, What to give up for Lent!

Ash Wednesday will be the day Lent 2017 begins. It occurs forty days before Good Friday and After Shrove Tuesday also known as Fat Tuesday or, Pancake Day or, Pancake Tuesday or, Mardi Gras Actually, Ash Wednesday is its colloquial name. Its official name is the Time of Ashes. It is named Ash Wednesday because, being forty days before Good Friday, it generally falls on the Thursday and it's also named Ash Wednesday because on that day at church the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross.


Ash Wednesday may be the first time of Lent. It's a somber time of representation on which must change within our lives if we're to become completely Christians. It wasn't usually just how we all know it today. Ashes noted around the brow of worshippers weren't directed at everybody, but simply to the general public penitents who have been introduced before the church. Similar to Hester Prynne showing her scarlet letter, these available and notorious sinners were designated openly using the indication of the shame.
As time continued, others started to display their humility as well as their love for that penitents by asking they, too, be designated as sinners. Finally, the amount of penitents increased so big the imposition of ashes was expanded towards the entire congregation in companies much like the ones that are found in several Christian churches on Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Quotes Bible, Service, Ideas, Songs, Readings, Reflection


Ash Wednesday Quotes Bible

  • Ash Wednesday; Time to reflect and share our thanks, for this is the time that we remember the greatest sacrifice.
  • Give your heart to everybody you meet. The rest is pretense.”
  • For those embarking on the annual Lenten journey, we've gathered 40 quotes about fasting, spiritual growth and the power of prayer.
  • "Are you capable of risking your life for someone? Do it for Christ." -- Pope John Paul II
  • "Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy." -- Pope Francis
  • "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." -- Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
  • Some people think that having ash on your forehead is ridiculous. But I am neither ashamed nor afraid because the ashes remind me that I have to someday pass away and reunite with my creator. -- Walter Buns
  • "The most important thing a born again Christian can do is to pray." -- Chuck Smith
  • “Prayer is where the action is." -- John Wesley
  • "The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist." -- Pope St. Gregory the Great
  • "Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God."
  • "Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..." -- Pope Benedict XVI
  • "Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God's sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God." -- Thomas a Kempis


Ash Wednesday Readings 2017

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
2:1 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-

2:2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them in ages to come.

2:12 Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

2:13 rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.

2:14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD, your God?

2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly;

2:16 gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy.

2:17 Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep. Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'"

 Isaiah 58:1-12
58:1 Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.

58:2 Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.

58:3 "Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?" Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.

58:4 Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high.

58:5 Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?

58:6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

58:7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

58:9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,

58:10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

58:12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
 Psalm 51:1-17
51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

51:3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

51:4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.

51:5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.

51:6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

51:8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

51:9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

51:11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.

51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

51:13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

51:14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

51:15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

51:16 For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

51:17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
5:20b We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

6:1 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.

6:2 For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

6:3 We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,

6:4 but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,

6:5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;

6:6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love,

6:7 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;

6:8 in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;

6:9 as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see--we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed;

6:10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
6:1 "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.

6:2 "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.

6:3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

6:4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

6:5 "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.

6:6 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.

6:16 "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.

6:17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,

6:18 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.

6:19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;

6:20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.

6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Ash Wednesday Bible Readings, Readings March 1, 2017, Service, Ideas

Ash Wednesday Ideas - What Difference Does Lent Make?

  • Hymns of Gathering
“Come Away From rush and Hurry”  CCS 83
"Teach Me, God, to Wonder"  CCS  176
“As We Gather"  CCS 73

Call to Worship: Psalm 118:1, 14, 19, 28, 29

*Hymn: "Called to Gather as God’s People”  CCS 79
OR "Lord, You Have Brought Us”  CCS 76

*Invocation

*Response
  • Reading
  • Reader 1:  God, we confess our weakness, our brokenness, our separation from you and each other.
  • Reader 2:  Empower us with your strength—the force of love.
  • Reader 1:  We confess that we are often afraid and deny our worth and strength.
  • Reader 2:  Forgive us when we fail to sense your love for us.
  • Reader 1:   We confess that we are sometimes apathetic and turn from acts of justice.
  • Reader 2:   Fill us with a sense of your call to be strong and courageous.
  • Reader 1:   We confess and repent from our powerless stance.
  • Together:   Forgive us, God, and renew us with your spirit, empowering us to be your people in this place and time.
—By Barbara Howard, Prayers and Readings for Worship, vol. 1,
Judy Judd, ed. (Herald House, 1987), 58.


Hymn: "Lay Your Hands"   CCS 545  OR "O Christ, My Lord, Create in Me"  CCS 507
This could be sung by the congregation or a quartet or small group.

Prayers of Repentance and Forgiveness

  • Theme Talk
Incorporate the importance and significance of Ash Wednesday and Lent into the talk.
Hymn: "O Holy Dove of God Descending"  CCS 44
OR "Holy Spirit, Come with Power”  CCS 46
  • Period of Testimony
A time for the congregation to share how they plan to focus on the gift of Jesus Christ and remember the crucified and risen Lord. What difference does Lent make in our lives?

Hymn: "We Would See Jesus"
OR "The Path for Our Walking”  CCS 177
  • Pastoral Prayer
*Closing Hymn: "Into My Heart”  CCS 573
OR "Touch Me, Lord, with Thy Spirit Eternal"  CCS 574

*Sending Forth
  • Reader 1:  We are sent forth on our journey into this season of fasting, prayer, meditation, and service which we call Lent.
  • Reader 2: Let us be aware of Jesus the Christ on each step of our journey with him to the cross.
  • Reader 1: Let us sense anew the service to which we are called.
  • Reader 2:  May God bless us all on our Lenten journey. Amen.
—Jamie Tankersley
Ash Wednesday
Lectionary: 219

Reading 1

Jl 2:12-18
Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind him a blessing,
Offerings and libations
for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!
proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the people,
notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders,
gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room
and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
And say, "Spare, O LORD, your people,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
with the nations ruling over them!
Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?'"

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land
and took pity on his people.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
"Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight."
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Reading 2

2 Cor 5:20—6:2
Brothers and sisters:
We are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Working together, then,
we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.
Verse Before the Gospel
see ps 95:8
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.

Gospel

Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."

 Ash Wednesday Songs

Sleep Sandwich
Ash Wednesday · 2007

Emile's Vietnam in the Sky
Ash Wednesday · 2007

All The Night Without Love
Ash Wednesday · 2007

The Night & the Liquor
Ash Wednesday · 2007

While You Were Sleeping
Ash Wednesday · 2007

It's a Sad World After All
Ash Wednesday · 2007

Good Friday
Ash Wednesday · 2007

Love By Numbers
2001

Remember You Are Dust
Bring Us Home: Celebrating God's Love and Mercy · 2005

Moon Woman II
Ash Wednesday · 2006

It's Only MeAsh Wednesday · 2007

Ash Wednesday Ideas - Community of Christ - Ash Wednesday Reflection

I've come to believe that Ash Wednesday is among the more significant observances of the church calendar, since it will be the one-day of the season when Christians insist upon really consider our own death. I believe considering our own death should happen a lot more generally, as well as for me it surely does. But I believe most of the people stay away from the topic. It’s strange as it actually tends to bring our living and our religion and our heart into clearer focus.
  • "By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19
  •  Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It is a somber day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives if we are to be fully Christians. It was not always the way we know it today.
  • Ashes marked on the forehead of worshippers were not given to everyone, but only to the public penitents who were brought before the church.
  • Much like Hester Prynne bearing her scarlet letter, these open and notorious sinners were marked publicly with the sign of their disgrace.
At Redemption Church we've a history of holding an Ash Wednesday prayer event. It’s a come and go as you please function we carry in our sanctuary. We turn every one of the lights out and fire-up literally hundreds of candles all over the room. We set it up in four discrete prayer areas, detailing each one with a circle of seats.

We enjoy some Ólafur Arnalds or Sigur Rós in the history, and allow individuals to come and invest anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour in prayer, culminating in the imposition of ashes. We’ve also made the wishes to be child friendly, so that people may come participate together. Each station has some sort of tactile exercise.

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