Prayer for Ash Wednesday

“Blessing the Dust” © Jan Richardson

Gracious and merciful God, you see into the secret places of our hearts, where we mourn our sins. As we turn again to your grace, receive our prayers. Look with mercy on our contrite hearts, wash from us the stain of iniquity, and create a new and right spirit in us, that we may declare your praise and offer an acceptable sacrifice in these Lenten days; through Christ Jesus, who bore our sins on the cross. Amen.

Prayer is from the Revised Common Lectionary provided by the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

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