Happy Lent!

Happy Lent!

A very happy Lent to all readers: May God grant you a fruitful fast and and encouragement in discipline.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those that are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and wickedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen

The Collect for Ash Wednesday in Divine Worship: The Missal. The prayer first appears in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, and is adapted from the (absent) prayers for the blessing of ashes.
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