Collects and Readings 

The beginning of Lent - 26 - 29 February 2020


O God, who has wonderfully created us, and more wonderfully redeemed us, grant us strength of mind to withstand the enticements of sin, and to be found worthy to reach eternal joy; through Christ our Lord.



Ash Wednesday                                 

Joel 2.1-2,12-17

Psalm 51.1-18

2 Corinthians 5.20b--6.10 

Matthew 6.1-6,16-21


At the favourable time, I have listened to you; on the day of salvation I came to your help. Well, now is the favourable time; this is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6.2)


Thursday after Ash Wednesday         

Deuteronomy 30.15-20

Psalm 1

Luke 9.22-25


'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and

follow me.' (Luke 9.23)


Friday after Ash Wednesday             

Isaiah 58.1-9a

Psalm 51.1-5,17- 18

Matthew 9.14-15


'You desire no sacrifice, else I would give it; you take no delight in burnt offerings. The sacrifice of God is a

broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.'  (Psalm 51.17-18)


Saturday after Ash Wednesday         

Isaiah 58.9b-14

Psalm 86.1-7

Luke 5.27-32


‘It is not those that are well who need the doctor, but the sick. I have come to call not the upright but

sinners to repentance.’ (Luke 5.31-32)

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