Return to the Gospel

Remember Man thou art dust and unto dust he shall return. Repent and return to the Good News of the Gospel! I invite you to an adventure of a Solemn and Holy Lent

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission, and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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O my all-merciful God and Lord,

Jesus Christ, full of pity:

Through Your great love You came down and became incarnate in order to save everyone.

O Savior, I ask You to save me by Your grace!

If You save anyone because of their works, that would not be grace but only reward of duty,

but You are compassionate and full of mercy!

You said, O my Christ,

“Whoever believes in Me shall live and never die.”

If then, faith in You saves the lost, then save me, O my God and Creator, for I believe.

Let faith and not my unworthy works be counted to me, O my God, for You will find no works which could account me righteous.

O Lord, from now on let me love You as intensely as I have loved sin,and work for You as hard as I once worked for the evil one.

I promise that I will work to do Your will,my Lord and God, Jesus Christ, all the days of my life and forever more.

Prayer of St. John Chrysostom


The Ministry of the Holy Word.

A Reading from the Book of Joel

12“Yet even now,” declares the Lord,

“return to me with all your heart,

with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;

and he relents over disaster.

14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering

for the Lord your God?

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;

consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly;

16 gather the people.Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants.

Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.

17 Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations.[a] Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

18 Then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people.

The Word of the Lord

The Response

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Reading from the Second Letter to the Corinthians 5:20-6:2

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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

“In a favorable time I listened to you,

and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

The Word of the Lord!

I call all Sinners Poor and Needy to hear the Gospel. To repent of your sins, be penitent of heart; and return to the Good News!

A Reading from the Most Holy Gospel of Matthew

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The Gospel of the Lord!

What happened to the Alleluia you may be asking…Guess why you are here today…Today is Dies Cinerum… in other words Lent is upon us and we are gathered to prepare ourselves to die with Christ so that we too may live with Him in Glory.

What is Ash Wednesday? On Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed, mixed with either holy oil or water, and placed upon the head with the sign of the cross, or sprinkled on the forehead. The ashes are made from burning palm branches blessed the previous year on Palm Sunday.

When the priest imposes the ashes he says either “remember man you are dust, and to dust you will return” (see Genesis 3:19), or “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).

The ashes serve a dual purpose. First, as the above words imply, we are reminded of our mortality and humanity as we begin the Lenten Fast. Second, the ashes are a Biblical symbol of repentance, sorrow, and humility. There are many cases in the Scriptures of wearing ashes as a sign of penitence, often while wearing sackcloth. In 2 Samuel 13:19, Tamar puts on ashes and tears her clothes as a sign of sadness and repentance. In Esther 4:1-3, after learning of the king’s decree to kill all Jews, Mordecai tears his garments, and puts on sackcloth and ashes. His fellow Jews do the same thing, as well as beginning to fast. The prophet Jeremiah (6:26) urges his readers to “gird on sackcloth and roll in ashes.”

How great that our Lenten Journey begins today on Saint Valentine’s Day of martyrdom, a day that this saint showed the ultimate act of love for Christ and His Church. St. Valentine was a bishop and was sentenced to death by torture and beheading by Emperor Claudius II for trying to make the emperor embrace Christianity (at this town Rome was still practicing polytheism).

Saint Valentine (Italian: San Valentino, Latin: Valentinus), officially Saint Valentine of Rome,[2] is a widely recognized 3rd-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and since the High Middle Ages is associated with a tradition of courtly love.

Practice random acts of kindness and show sacrificial love to all you meet. Come all ye an hear the Truth. Participate in the Stations of the Cross, come to confession, pray the Holy Rosary, and make time to reflect on your journey with Christ.

Remember Christ spent forty days in the desert being tempted by the devil. So I urge you to Make these Forty Days an adventure and journey of self reflection, self examination, rediscover His Holy Word. Spend these days here with me as we walk the journey of a Holy Lent.

The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our Maker and Redeemer.

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Bless these ashes, and grant that they may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return! All God’s Church Say: Amen!

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One thought on “Return to the Gospel

  1. Padre Tatro, You have once again returned to bless us with the fullness of your Ash Wednesday online service; scripture, homily, & music. May God help you with health & strength to do His work to fill our lives. Many thanks for this blessing. Phil

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