Ash Wednesday 17th February 2021

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17/02/2021 Day 48

Joel 2:12-18; Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

Readings on p.185 of Daily Missal and p.84 of Sunday Missal

 

Entrance Antiphon
You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing you have made. You overlook the sins of man, to bring him to repentance for you are the Lord our God.

 

First Reading: Joel 2:12-18

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Joel

“Even now,” says the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
and tear your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in mercy,
and repents of evil.
Who knows whether he will not turn and repent,
and leave a blessing behind him,
a cereal offering and a drink offering
for the Lord, your God?

Blow the trumpet in Sion;
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
gather the people.
Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the elders;
gather the children,
even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her chamber.

Between the vestibule and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the Lord,
weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”
Then the Lord became jealous for his land,
and had pity on his people.

The Word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51:3-4.5-6ab.12-136.14 & 17 (R. cf. 3a)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your merciful love;
according to your great compassion,
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me completely from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

My transgressions, truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.

Create a pure heart for me, O God;
renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence;
take not your holy spirit from me.

Restore in me the joy of your salvation;
sustain in me a willing spirit.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

R/. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

 

 

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians5:20-6:2

A reading from the Second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers and sisters:
We are ambassadors for Christ,
God making his appeal through us.
We beg you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Working together with him, then,
we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain.
For he says,
“At the acceptable time I have listened to you,
and helped you on the day of salvation.”
Behold, now is the acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.

The Word of the Lord

 

Please stand for the Gospel

Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

Today, harden not your hearts, but listen to the voice of the Lord.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6.16-18

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Beware of practising your piety before people
in order to be seen by them;
for then you will have no reward
from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give alms,
sound no trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
that they may be praised by people.
Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
so that your alms may be in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites;
for they love to stand and pray
in the synagogues and at the street corners,
that they may be seen by people.
Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door
and pray to your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,
for they disfigure their faces
that their fasting may be seen by people.
Truly, I say to you, they have their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
that your fasting may not be seen by people
but by your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The Gospel of the Lord

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