Ash Wednesday

Gracious God,

you give us this time of salvation

to turn from sin and seek your face.

We ask you to cleanse and purify our hearts;

rouse us to prayer, self-denial

and service of your neighbour,

that we may know the joy of your kingdom

and have our treasure in heaven.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

who is one with you and the HOly Spirit,

now and for ever.

(from Celebrating the Christian Year, Vol II)

Herbert McCabe wrote:

If we go to confession, it is not to plead for forgiveness from God. It is to thank him for it… when God forgives our sins, he is not changing his mind about us. He is changing our minds about him. He does not change; his mind is never anything but loving: he is love.

God, Christ and Us

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4 thoughts on “Ash Wednesday

  1. Thanks for that wonderful quotation from the inimitable Herbert McCabe.

    PS I’ve often wondered whether Fr Firebrand in David Lodge’s The British Museum is Falling Down is a thinly-veiled portrait of Herbert.

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