Ash Wednesday 2017


Ash Wednesday 2017, Charcoal Drawing: Ronald Raab, CSC

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.



To you, O God, we turn, to discover our lives in the depth of your love for us. Let not our weariness or sin or doubt, remove us from your loving presence. Eliminate the obstacles that keep us from seeing you. Lift up our heads and help us turn our gaze toward your loving face. Let not our eyes be cast down from shame or guilt. Wipe the tears of loneliness, worry, regret and fear from our eyes and cheeks. Look us straight in our eyes and into our souls. Listen to our voices proclaim our praise only for you. Amen  (Raab)

1 thought on “Ash Wednesday 2017

  1. I love this portrait of Our Lord! There is a look in Jesus’ eyes, a pause, and I imagine he is thinking about the suffering and death which lies ahead in his path. A good meditation for us all on Ash Wednesday, to know that life is short, and that every moment is precious and we have the power to praise God and give thanks through our actions for all the gifts we have! A blessed and holy Lent, Ron!

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