Blessing of ashes and earth
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.’
Or you may wish to do this after Mass.
Before watching the Mass today you might like to prepare a small bowl of water and have it with you at home while you are watching the Mass.
Fr John will ask you to join him in this prayer at the start of the Mass.
You might like to say it in advance over the bowl of water which you have prepared.
Lord God, as you blessed the waters of the Jordan by Your Son’s baptism,
so bless this water – here present with us – and let it remind us today
of our baptism and our commitment to follow the Lord
and to be a Gospel-light to others.