Bulletin Shorts for Ash Wednesday

Bulletin Shorts for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday – 26 February 2020 

Joel 2:12-18.  Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17.  2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2.  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

Lent Is Preparation.  The gospel reminds us about these guides for Lent:  (1) give alms in secret, (2) pray in secret (and always), and (3) fast with a washed face.  This non-gloomy approach gives a pattern for us to teach the elect by example the importance of baptismal life – a life they will embrace with us after Lent’s end.

  • What alms can I give to feed and clothe and house those in need?
  • How will my praying in little and big ways change me?
  • How will my eating less strengthen my Christian life?


This post was first published on the worship pages of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois website.
Sunday Prayer Shaping Life and Belief
Written by Eliot Kapitan.
Permission is given to use, reprint, and distribute these bulletin shorts in any way you find helpful for your community.
Image credit:  Grant Whitty,  Unsplash, CC0.

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