Prayers for the Beginning of Lent

I meant to start this yesterday, but I couldn’t get to it. I can’t manage full Lectionary posts this year, so instead I’ll write a series of prayers. I’ll aim for every day in Lent (including the Sundays). Music will be occasional.

Prayer for Ash Wednesday: God of Creation, as we come before you, marked with the sign of your Son’s death, and of our own, to make us mindful of our faults, both in what we have done and what we have left undone, grant that we might beat the swords of our injustice into the ploughshares that cultivate the new creation, that, full of the Holy Spirit we too might find new life in our celebration of the Resurrection, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday:  God of Abundance, you whose Spirit fed Jesus during his sojourn in the wilderness: be the bread and water that nourishes us in our fast, and let your spiritual food remake our bodies, that each day we might more perfectly reflect your image in us, as we learn the arts of peace that bring us ever nearer to being one people, as you are One God, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For music, here’s William Byrd’s setting of the opening verse of Psalm 51:


  1. Let me post a 40-day thanks and appreciation in advance.

  2. J Stuart says:

    Thanks, Jason.

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