From the 4th Sunday in Lent (14th March) our churches will reopen for public services.
In the hope that this marks the end of the last lockdown and so ending our series of video Masses, Fr John has recorded a short message of thanks and prayer for everyone who has followed Mass online over the past year. He also shares some behind the scenes stories and some statistics about our videos and website.
Dear brothers and sisters, Let us humbly ask God our Father that he be pleased to bless with the abundance of his grace these ashes and this earth, which we will use today as a sign of our penitence.
O God, who are moved by acts of humility And respond with forgiveness to works of penance, lend your merciful ears to our prayers And in your kindness pour out the grace of your + blessing on your servants who have gathered for this Mass through social media As they begin to follow today the Lenten observances, may they be worthy to come with minds made pure to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of your Son. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep the little earth today in view and every time you look at it let it remind you that we are dust of the earth always in need of God’s mercy and love.
You may wish to dampen the earth with a little water and as I mark my forehead with the ash you may wish to make a mark on your forehead and say:
‘Lord, you made me from the clay of the earth; you gave me a body of flesh; Lord when I return to the earth from which I came raise me up on the last day.’