Ash Wednesday Collect

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.


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Lord Have Mercy

Kyrie, eleison;
Christe, eleison;
Kyrie, eleison.

Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

[a/k/a Kyrie Eleison]
[Eastern Orthodox/Roman Catholic/Anglican/Episcopal]

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Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to Your loving-kindness;
in Your great compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me through and through from my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin.

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

Against You only have I sinned
and done what is evil in Your sight.

And so You are justified when You speak
and upright in Your judgment.

. . .

For behold, You look for Truth deep within me,
and will make me understand Wisdom secretly.

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure;
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

Make me hear of joy and gladness,
that the body You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Your Presence
and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of Your saving help again
and sustain me with Your bountiful Spirit.

I shall teach Your ways to the wicked,
and sinners shall return to You.

Deliver me from death, O God,
and my tongue shall sing of Your righteousness,

Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

Had You desired it, I would have offered sacrifice;
but You take no delight in burnt offerings.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

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Litany of Penance
for Ash Wednesday

Most holy and merciful God,
we confess to You and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in Heaven and on Earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;
and mind, and strength.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others,
as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We have been deaf to Your call to serve,
as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ.
We have grieved Your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to You, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness:
the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to You, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways,
and our exploitation of other people,
We confess to You, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration,
and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to You, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts,
and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to You, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship,
and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to You, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done:
for the blindness to human need and suffering,
and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments,
for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors,
and for our prejudice and contempt
toward those who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of Your Creation,
and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let Your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for Your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of Your salvation,
That we may show forth Your glory in the World.

By the cross and passion of Your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all Your saints to the joy of His resurrection.

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Therefore we beseech [You]
to grant us true repentance
and [Your] Holy Spirit,
that those things may please [You]
which we do on this day,
and that the rest of our lives hereafter
may be pure and holy,
so that at the last
we may come to [Your] eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.