Ash Wednesday: 26 February

Resources for Ash Wednesday

Prayer 

May Lent be for us

A time of learning to see

Where Christ is crucified today.

A time of learning

To recognize the complex roots of injustice,

To recognize the Gethsemanes

In our global community.

May we witness the suffering

Of God’s children

As Mary witnessed her beloved son’s suffering.

May Lent be for us

A time of learning to become

An Easter people,

A time of learning

To recognize the deep roots of compassion,

To recognize we too are called

To witness the empty tomb and

To announce

To a world in despair the Hope of the Resurrection.

(By Jane Deren, Education for Justice, from Classroom prayers for Lent, Caritas Aotearoa 2012)

 

  • Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Lent 2020 resources here (Includes a Reflection PowerPoint; Reflection Programme in te reo Maori, Samoan, and English, poster and school resources.)
  • Background to Ash Wednesday Readings here
  • From Psalm 51 Response  "Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me."  Sung version here