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Ash Wednesday Prayer

God of holiness:
your day comes near,
and we tremble,
not out of fear,
but from awe and gratitude.
For on your day,
we are fully known,
completely restored,
reconciled to you forever.

Jesus Christ,
Grace Bearer:
as we come to your fast,
may we be filled with your hope;
as we receive your gifts,
may our hearts be opened to others;
as we begin our journey with you,
may we put no roadblocks
in the path to Jerusalem.

Holy Spirit,
Creator of clean hearts:
as water rushes
into an empty hole,
may your sacramental silence
fill the emptiness of our souls.

God in Community, Holy in One,
our Treasure, our Hope, our Joy,
hear us as we pray as Jesus taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

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