Justice and Peace Issues

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Person receiving ashes

May Lent be for us a time of learning to see
Where Christ is crucified today,
A time of learning
To recognize the complex roots of injustice,
To recognize the Gethsemanes in our global community.

May we witness the suffering of God’s children
As Mary witnessed her beloved son’s suffering.
May Lent be for us a time of learning to become
An Easter people, a time of learning
To recognize the deep roots of compassion,
To recognize we too are called to witness the empty tomb and
To announce to a world in despair
the Hope of the Resurrection. Amen.
              —Jane Deren, Ph.D.

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