Ash Wednesday

Written by Joel on March 14th, 2011

Our Ash Wednesday service at St. Luke’s:

Download as Word document.

I also created a brief order for use at home for those who could not join us for a noon service.

Ash Wednesday

March 9, 2011



Lord God, bless us as we embark on our forty day Lenten Journey. Guide us to have the humility and the courage to confess our sins, to walk humbly with you and to make clean our hearts. We ask this all through your son, our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one god now and forever. Amen.

Hear the commandments of God to his people:

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage. You shall have no other gods but me.
Respond (after each commandment): Amen. Lord have mercy.
You shall not make for yourself any idol.
You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not commit murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not be a false witness.
You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

A brief time of silence

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Psalm 51:1-17 (Sung response: “Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me.” after verses 3,6,9,12,15,17)

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Matthew 4:1-11

A time of silence – Listen to the call to rend your hearts. How might you return to the Lord with fasting, weeping, mourning; returning to the Lord with all your heart? Contemplate on the mystery of Christ’s testing in the wilderness.

Blessing of Ashes

O God, bless and sanctify these ashes that they may be for us signs of our true repentance; that they may aid us to seek humility, a contrite heart, and an upright spirit; Grant us guidance on our Lenten journey, and strengthen our Lenten disciplines and devotion to you. Bless us who receive these ashes that we may be secure in the hope of your salvation, sealed with the sign of Christ upon our foreheads.

Imposition of Ashes

“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”


Let us go forth now, marked with the sign of Christ that we may desire true repentance, a new heart, a right spirit, and peace with you O Lord, our God.


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