This morning our Preschool-Eighth Grade Students joined Father Tom and Father Matt in front of St. Mary Church for our yearly palm burning prayer service. The students reflected on how the palm branches from last year's Palm Sunday become the ashes that Father Tom and Father Matt will bless foreheads with tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday.
Merciful God, you called us from the dust of the earth, and claimed us for Christ in the waters of Baptism. Look upon us as we prepare for the 40 days of Lent by burning these palms to create the ashes that will mark us as penitents. Bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the waters of new birth at Easter. May our fasting be a hunger for justice; our alms, a way of making peace; our prayer, the song of humble and thankful hearts. All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus, for in his cross you proclaim your love forever and ever. Amen.
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