Ash Wednesday, February 13 ::: Rend Your Hearts

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“Yet even now,” declares 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 he relents over disaster.
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?

Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly; gather the people.
Consecrate 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 your people, O Lord,
and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

Joel 2:12-17

sound :::  Cello Suite No.3, Prelude, Johann Sebastian Bach (c.1720)

image  :::  Prelude to the Transition, Pawel Kwiatkowski (Poland, 2012)

O Lord, who has 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 You,

a heart to delight in You,

to follow and enjoy You, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Ambrose of Milan, 4th century

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