Sunday’s Palms are Wednesday’s Ashes

February 17, 2010

Sunday’s palms are Wednesday’s ashes as another Lent begins;
thus we kneel before our Maker in contrition for our sins.

We have marred baptismal pledges, in rebellion gone astray;

now, returning, seek forgiveness; grant us pardon, God, this day!

We have failed to love our neighbors, their offenses to forgive,

have not listened to their troubles, nor have cared just how they live,

we are jealous, proud, impatient, loving overmuch our things;

may the yielding of our failings be our Lenten offerings.

We are hasty to judge others, blind to proof of human need;

and our lack of understanding demonstrates our inner greed;

we have wasted earth’s resources; want and suffering we’ve ignored;

come and cleanse us, then restore us; make new hearts within us, Lord!

(Rae E. Whitney, 1991)

Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ Mark 1:14-15

“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 God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.” Joel 2:12-13

Lent begins today.


May it be a time to repent, reflect, pray and prepare to receive the good news of Christ’s resurrection.


“Ash Wednesday” by Carl Spitzweg c. 1855-1860