• St. John's

Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, February 17, 2021)


Ash Wednesday 2021 B
.pdf
Download PDF • 378KB

Prelude: O Man Bewail thy Grievous Fall, J. S. Bach

(please stand as you are able)


Organ Processional: What Wondrous Love is This?


The Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.


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.


The Liturgy of the Word

The First 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 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.


Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 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. 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; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; 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.


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?'"

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Psalm: 103: 8-14 Garrett

8 The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, * slow to anger and of great kindness.


9 He will not always accuse us, * nor will he keep his anger for ever.


10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *

nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.


11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, * so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.


12 As far as the east is from the west, * so far has he removed our sins from us.


13 As a father cares for his children, * so does the LORD care for those who fear him.