Thursday after Ashes


Invitation to Worship

Come back to Adonai with all your heart;  leave the past in ashes.

Turn to Adonai with prayer and fasting: Our God is kind and merciful!

We make the Sign of the Cross over our  lips as we begin.

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


My sacrifice is a contrite spirit,

~ A humbled, contrite heart, you will not reject!




All may sing or alternate the verses of any Lenten Morning Hymn .

O Sun of Justice thaw our hearts; you draw the Spring from Earth’s decay

Then melt our safe complacency which rests content with yesterday.


The “time acceptable” is now! The dormant earth to growth gives way.

Let prayer and fasting thaw our hearts; let alms a world remade display.


You take us broken as we are, and spread our dawning days with light;

may we rehearse your ways of love till all we do gives you delight.


O ever-loving Trinity, we yearn to see that day of days

when all the Earth, reborn again, is vibrant with its Easter praise.  Amen.

Text: Aelred Seton-Shanley;  Tune: CHRIST OUR LIGHT  L.M.  Mode II




If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.

Psalm 94/95

Come ring out our joy to Adonai; hail the Rock  who saves us.

Let us come before God, giving thank,  with songs, let us hail Adonai!


A mighty God is Adonai.  In whose hands are the depths of the Earth.

The heights of the mountain’s are God’s, to whom belongs the sea and the dry land

shaped by those Hands.


Come in, let us bow and bend low.  Let us kneel before God who made  us.  For God is our God and we the people of God’s pasture, the flock that is led by those Hands.


O that today you would hear God’s voice; harden not your hearts as at Meribah, as on that day in the dessert when your forbearers tested me; when they tried me, though they saw my works.

Setting: Tobias Colgan, OSB, alt.


READING     Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving ADONAI, your God,
heeding God’s voice, and holding fast. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land that ADONAI promised to give to your ancestors: Abraham [& Sarah], Isaac [& Rebecca], and Jacob [and Leah & Rachel].


Silent Prayer



R. Now is the acceptable time, *now is the day of salvation  V. As servants of God, we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, by genuine love. *now is the day of salvation.  V. Glory to  the Abba and the Word and the Breath of Life..


Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,

and the Human One will be betrayed to be crucified.


Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To Guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,

and the Human One will be betrayed to be crucified.


Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Dear Abba …


In you, Adonai, is the Source of Life,

~In your Light we shall see light.


Send forth your light and your truth;

~Let these be our guide.


Fill us each morning with your constant love,

 ~That we may sing and be glad all our days.


Let us see your wonderful works,

~May your people see your glorious might.


Gracious God, may your blessing be upon us;

~And grant us success in all we do.


Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 



 Closing Prayer & Blessing

We give you thanks, Holy One, for with a mother’s love you have watched over us in the night and have led us from the shadows of darkness into morning’s light. You call us in this holy season to a daily change of heart and mind. May the spiritual practices we embrace this Lent open us to receive the gifts of new life which come with the Spring and empower us to accomplish your purpose in our lives for the good of all your holy people and the whole of your beloved creation. For yours is the power and glory of life and love now and forever.  Amen.


May the God of light fill us with all peace and joy, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, + we may celebrate this special season and prepare for the joy of Easter.   ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.