Program for Ash Wednesday Mass

Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2021

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Liturgy of the Word
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Communion Rite

Today is the first day of Lent, the holy season of penitence in preparation for Easter.
In keeping with the ancient tradition of muting those things which please our senses, the liturgy takes on a more somber and quiet tone.  The organ will not be used, except to support the singing.

Introductory Rite

All stand as the ministers process to the front of the church.

 Introit

You are merciful to all, O Lord,
and despise nothing that you have made.
You overlook people’s sins, to bring them to repentance,
and you spare them, for you are the Lord our God.
V. Have mercy on me, O God, for in you my soul has taken refuge.

Wisdom 11:24-25; Psalm 56:2
Music: Samuel F. Weber, OSB

 Greeting

All make the Sign of the Cross as the priest says:
In the name + of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.
The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.

The Penitential Act is omitted today, since it is replaced by the Distribution of Ashes.

 Collect

The Priest, with hands joined, says:

Let us pray.

Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting
this campaign of Christian service,
so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils,
we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

All are seated for the readings from scripture.

The Liturgy of the Word

 First Reading

Joel 2:12-18

A reading from the book of the prophet Joel.

Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind him a blessing,
Offerings and libations
for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!
proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the people,
notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders,
gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room
and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
with the nations ruling over them!
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land
and took pity on his people.

The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
Music: Jeff Ostrowski

The psalm is intoned by the cantor, and all repeat it.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

V. Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

V. For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

V. A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

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

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

 Second Reading

2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2

A reading from the second letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers and sisters:
We are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Working together, then,
we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:

In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.

Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.

The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 Gospel Acclamation

cf. Psalm 95:8

All stand as the deacon asks the priest for his blessing to proclaim the Gospel.
Meanwhile, the cantor intones the Gospel Acclamation, and all repeat it:

Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. R. Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

V. If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.

R. Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 Gospel

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.
The beginning of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. R. Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

The Gospel of the Lord. R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

After the Book of the Gospels has been returned to its place, all are seated for the homily.

 Homily
 Blessing and Distribution of Ashes

After the Homily, the Priest, standing with hands joined, says: 

Dear brothers and sisters, let us humbly ask God our Father
that he be pleased to bless with the abundance of his grace
these ashes, which we will put on our heads in penitence.

After a brief prayer in silence, and, with hands extended, he continues: 

O God, who are moved by acts of humility
and respond with forgiveness to works of penance,
lend your merciful ear to our prayers
and in your kindness pour out the grace of your X blessing
on your servants who are marked with these ashes,
that, as they follow the Lenten observances,
they may be worthy to come with minds made pure
to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of your Son.
Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Or:

O God, who desire not the death of sinners,
but their conversion,
mercifully hear our prayers
and in your kindness be pleased to bless X these ashes,
which we intend to receive upon our heads,
that we, who acknowledge we are but ashes
and shall return to dust,
may, through a steadfast observance of Lent,
gain pardon for sins and newness of life
after the likeness of your Risen Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. R. Amen.

He sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything.
Then the Priest, or another minister, places ashes on the head of all those present who come to them, and says to
each one:
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.
Or:
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Meanwhile, the following antiphons are sung:

Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord,
stand between the porch and the altar and weep and cry out:
Spare, O Lord, spare your people;
do not close the mouths of those who sing your praise, O Lord.

Come back to the Lord with all your heart; leave the past in ashes.

After the distribution of ashes, the Priest washes his hands and proceeds to the Universal
Prayer, and continues the Mass in the usual way.

 The Universal Prayer (Prayers of the Faithful)

After each petition, all respond Lord, hear our prayer.

The Creed is not said.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

 Offertory Antiphon

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have upheld me,
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, I have cried to you, and you have healed me.
V. You have brought forth, O Lord, my soul from hell;
you have saved me from those who go down into the pit.

Text: Psalm 30:2-3
Music: Samuel F. Weber, OSB

 Prayer over the offerings

All stand as the priest asks God to bless the offerings of bread and wine:
Pray, my brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
R. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

As we solemnly offer
the annual sacrifice for the beginning of Lent,
we entreat you, O Lord,
that, through works of penance and charity,
we may turn away from harmful pleasures
and, cleansed from our sins, may become worthy
to celebrate devoutly the Passion of your Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

 Preface Dialogue

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts. R. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. R. It is right and just.

 Preface

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For you will that our self-denial should give you thanks,
humble our sinful pride,
contribute to the feeding of the poor,
and so help us imitate you in your kindness.
And so we glorify you with countless Angels,
as with one voice of praise we acclaim

Or:

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For through bodily fasting you restrain our faults,
raise up our minds,
and bestow both virtue and its rewards,
through Christ our Lord.
Through him the Angels praise your majesty,
Dominions adore and Powers tremble before you.
Heaven and the Virtues of heaven and the blessed Seraphim
worship together with exultation.
May our voices, we pray, join with theirs
in humble praise, as we acclaim:

 Sanctus

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Music: chant

All kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer.

 The Eucharistic Prayer
 Memorial Acclamation (Mysterium Fidei)

Priest: The mystery of faith.

Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

 Doxology

Priest: Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours,

for ever and ever. R. Amen.

Holy Communion

 The Lord’s Prayer

All stand as the priest introduces the Lord’s Prayer:
At the Savior’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. R. Amen.

The peace of the Lord be with you always. R. And with your spirit.

 Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

The priest genuflects and takes the host and presents it to the people, saying:
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
R: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

 Communion Antiphon

He who ponders the law of the Lord day and night
will yield fruit in due season.
V. Blessed the man who has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stood in the way of sinners.

Psalm 1:2b, 3b
Music: Samuel F. Weber, OSB

Marian Antiphon

Ave Regina caelorum,
Ave Domina Angelorum,
Salve radix, salve porta,
Ex qua mundo lux est orta:
Gaude Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa.
Vale, o valde decora,
Et pro nobis Christum exora.

Hail, O Queen of Heaven.
Hail, O Lady of Angels.
Hail! Thou root; hail!
Thou gate from whom comes the light of the world.
Rejoice, O glorious Virgin,
Lovely beyond all others,
Farewell, most beautiful maiden,
and pray for us to Christ.

 Prayer after Communion

A period of silent prayer follows. Then, all stand as the priest says:

Let us pray.

May the Sacrament we have received sustain us, O Lord,
that our Lenten fast may be pleasing to you
and be for us a healing remedy.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

 Blessing and Dismissal

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.

Pour out a spirit of compunction, O God,
on those who bow before your majesty,
and by your mercy may they merit the rewards you promise
to those who do penance.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
 R. Amen.

The deacon chants: Go in peace. To which the people respond: Thanks be to God.

All depart in silence.

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