Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Prayer for the Morning
The Lord is good and forgiving:
let us praise him with all our heart!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Thy faithful servant, Lord, doth yearn
For thy consoling grace;
Spread over him its healing wing,
His guilt do thou efface.
Were not thy word: Turn back from sin
And I will turn to thee,
I, like a helmsman in the storm,
Would, helpless, face the sea.
To thy despondent servant show
The path of penitence;
He striveth painfully for words
To tell how he repents.
O let my penitence today
My own soul’s surety be:
Contrite, I vow to serve thee well;
Be merciful to me!
Psalm 86:3-6, 11-16
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners. (Lk 5:32)
We have been called, as Levi was called, to a change of heart and a conversion of life. The price is high—a whole lifetime’s gain—but the reward is beyond our imagining, as we become a new and beloved people in Christ.
You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord,
for I cry to you all the day long.
Give joy to your servant, O Lord,
for to you I lift up my soul.
O Lord, you are good and forgiving,
full of love to all who call.
Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my voice.
Show me, Lord, your way
so that I may walk in your truth.
Guide my heart to fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart
and glorify your name for ever;
for your love to me has been great:
you have saved me from the depths of the grave.
The proud have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life:
to you they pay no heed.
But you, God of mercy and compassion,
slow to anger, O Lord,
abounding in love and truth,
turn and take pity on me.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Romans 9:25b-26)
Those who were not my people I will call “my people,”/ and her who was not beloved I will call “beloved.”/ And in the very place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,”/ there they shall be called children of the living God.
In you is all our hope!
Canticle of Zechariah
This man welcomes sinners and eats with them. (Lk 15:2)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
With humble, contrite hearts, we pray through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Mercy:
R/Have mercy on us, Lord.
For our moments of self-righteousness:
– forgive us our blindness. R/
For the judgments we have passed on others:
– forgive us our failure to love as you have loved us. R/
For the times we have excluded from our love those of whom we disapprove:
– forgive us our forgetfulness of our own sinfulness. R/
Lord Jesus Christ, you called sinners and outcasts to follow you. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother, grant us the grace to leave behind all the values and behaviors that tie us down to this world’s wisdom; free us to follow you, that we may share in the Easter banquet with you, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.