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Vol: 45, No.15 ASH WEDNESDAY ( B) February 14 2018  
 
secret will reward you.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street-corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint you head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
The Gospel of the Lord
BLESSING OF ASHES
Cel: O God, who are moved by acts of humility and respond with forgiveness to works of penance, lend your merciful ear to our prayers and in your kindness pour out the grace of your + blessing on your servants who are marked with these ashes, that, as they follow the Lenten observances, they may be worthy to come with minds made pure to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of your Son. Through Christ our Lord.
(The Creed is not said)
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Cel : Dear brothers and sisters, beginning with Ash Wednesday we begin a new spiritual journey. The imposition of ashes on our foreheads symbolizes our frailty. The season of Lent provides us with a unique opportunity to begin a new life. We pray that the sacrifices and the good works we undertake may make us better human beings, saying,
Response: Lord, may our Lenten observance transform us.
 
1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that they may exhort the faithful to holiness of life through repentance and conversion, we pray… R./
2. That the faithful remindful of their need to be reconciled to God and one another may frequent the sacrament of reconciliation during this season of Lent, we pray… R./
3. That there may not be conflict between peoples and nations, that injuries and bloodshed in the name of religion may not occur in any part of the world, we pray… R./
4. For our nation that violence in the name of religion, culture and language may not occur and that opportunities for education and job may be available to each and every citizen, we pray… R./
5. For all of us present in the Eucharistic asembly that we may embrace this season of Lent with all earnestness and undergo the rigour of Lent with happy and willing hearts and minds, we pray… R./
(Pray for community and personal needs)
Cel: God our Father, we thank you for giving us this time of repentance and conversion. Sinful as we are, we need to be reconciled to you and prove ourselves worthy of your love and care. Grant us the grace that we may not falter from our commitment but remaining fully focused on its merits and rewards we may endure its hardships joyfully. We make this prayer …
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
As we solemnly offer the annual sacrifice for the beginning of Lent, we entreat you, O Lord, that, through works of penance and charity, we may turn away from harmful pleasures and, cleansed from our sins, may become worthy to celebrate devoutly the Passion of your Son. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
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