March 2nd, 2009

hand of God

Removing the Buffers: a few thoughts on Lenten fasting

I’m aware that probably everything I’m going to say here has been said before, by others more fitted to say it and in ways that are more illuminating. But since I’m still relatively new to the practice of Lent, I thought my contemplations might interest some of you.

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Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(From The Book of Common Prayer: the Collect for Ash Wednesday)