Ash Wednesday Prayers

Prayers based on the Narrative Lectionary text Luke 9:51-62.

Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem…

Led by Christ in our journey of repentance and moved by his compassion, let us pray for the church, those in need and all of God’s creation.

God of the Journey, through your son, Jesus Christ, you are doing it. You have done the about face turn towards Jerusalem. Your death march has begun. Today marks the first day, your first step into the wilds of people who wish to see you dead. But we know your life comes with a promise for us, the promise of which you are headed towards, the promise that comes from what will be done on the cross, a cross which is now ashed on our foreheads. Help us to mindful of who you are, what you do, and who you call us to be.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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God, you have set out on a mission to set right this world. Teach us what we need to know, to love, and to care. Guide our hearts on the journey as we put one foot in front of the other. Helps us to take a moment, to pause so that we may hear your guiding voice. Lead us in what is right – right by you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


It’s true God, we – your people who come from dust – we see you coming. Your face shines on ours in the dark places of our lives. And so we ask that you shine on others. Bring peace to those who struggle, who are at war, who are refugees. Give food and shelter to those who are hungry and homeless. Heal those with your loving care. Comfort those dear God who mourn and grieve. Be with those who are close to our hearts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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No more waiting, God. Please calm our fears, warm our souls and move our hearts so that we might be about your love and goodness in a world that desperately needs you. Ready or not, set our feet into motion. Walk with us on this journey. And help us to see you face to face in each other.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.




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