About Today – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, watercolor, detail by Julian Fałat [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ash Wednesday

“Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near,” (James 5:8). [1][2]

Today is Ash Wednesday and the start of a new Lenten season. Pope Francis encourages the faithful to live “in the presence of the Father [who] gives us a much deeper joy than worldly glory can give us. May our attitude this Lent be one of living in secret where the Father sees us, loves us and waits for us. Naturally, exterior things are important too, but we must always choose to live in the presence of God.

Let us do what we can, in prayer, in sacrifice, and in acts of charity, humbly before God. This way we will be worthy of God the Father’s reward.” May each of us have a blessed Lent.[3]

[1] New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
[2] Irish Province of Society of Jesus, Sacred Space for Lent 2015, (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2015).
[3] Pope Francis, Audio-message to the young people of the Prelature of the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii., www.vatican.va.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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About Today – Pray and Donate for Ukraine

Families in Ukraine are fleeing the violence; Image taken from www.care.org

Dear community,

The Ministry of Divine Office is grateful and thanks you for your support through the years. We feel blessed to be in the position to aid others in small ways. Today, please join us in prayer for the people of Ukraine:

Dear Lord,
We come before you to pray for peace,
Lord, protect the people of Ukraine,
strengthen their minds and hearts.
Keep their children safe,
Be ever present around them,
Guide them to refuge and safety.
Help them to stand firm in their faith and lean on you, Lord.

Amen!

Please add to our collective prayer your own in the comments below. Lord, hear our prayers!

Please join the humanitarian effort and donate to charitable organizations involved in the immediate crisis response.

Donate through Catholic Relief Services which partners with Caritas on the ground and are preparing across Ukraine and in bordering countries, ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more.

Donate to Protect the Children in Ukraine through UNICEF. Children are the least responsible for armed conflict in Ukraine, but they suffer most from its consequences. The refugee crisis is growing exponentially, increasing humanitarian needs. Half of the people on the move are children. UNICEF is working closely with the UN Refugee Agency to reach them with protection and assistance in receiving countries.

“Let’s keep the memory of this people in our hearts,” Pope Francis said on Ash Wednesday, and during our Lenten journey let’s bow and pray to God, “who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies.”

Peace be with you always,
Divine Office

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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