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Ash Wednesday Mass Readings

Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Here are the Mass Readings for the first day of Lent 2005, Ash Wednesday, February 9th. Please remember the Holy Father and his intentions in your prayers today. Please also consider assisting the Carmelite sisters which I have provided the address to at the bottom of this posting as a work of mercy and love. Please also take some time to meditate on the readings for today. A link has been provided above so that you can find a Catholic Church near you. Remember my daughter and I and those in our lives in your prayers too (thanks!!). I pray you have a truely Blessed Lenten season this year. May Christ bless you all and those in your life and may Mary keep you always beneath the protective mantle of her love and grace!
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!

Ash Wednesday

Reading I
Jl 2:12-18

Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind him a blessing,
Offerings and libations
for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!
proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the people,
notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders,
gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room
and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
And say, "Spare, O LORD, your people,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
with the nations ruling over them!
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?'"

Then the Lord was stirred to concern for his land
and took pity on his people.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17

R (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
"Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight."
R Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
R Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Reading II
2 Cor 5:20–6:2

Brothers and sisters:
We are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Working together, then,
we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.

Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
.do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."
Please, as you can, support with prayers and donations the Cloistered Carmelite Sisters in Lake Elmo Minnesota! You can send a donation to the address listed below and they can put it to use to support the prayerful works of the sisters. Most of all though please pray for them, for their holy vocations and an increase in vocations to their Carmel.
The Rev. Mother Prioress, OCD
Carmel of Our Lady of Divine Providence
8251 De Montreville Trail N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

If you are living in Minnesota I would suggest the following Catholic Bookstore. The owner is a very faithful Catholic woman and she carries a wonderful selection of books and gifts. You can also visit the EWTN website, whether you are inside Minnesota (or anywhere in the world) which has a huge selection of faithful books and gifts that will aid you on your Lenten journey..EWTN's site is linked on my blog. FYI: I recieve nor want anything for promoting either store.
My suggested stores to visit: Click here for information about and directions to Apostle Books & Gifts, (952) 931-0004, 4781 County Road 101, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Click here to visit the EWTN Religious Catalogue

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