Today, Ash Wednesday, nearly 40 friends from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C.-Baltimore area gathered outside the White House for a noon-time Liturgy of Repentance that was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Below is the Opening Reflection that I offered as well as an Order of the Liturgy. Toward the end of the Liturgy, ashes were blessed and distributed among the participants. A different batch of woodstove ashes were then used to mark Pennsylvania Ave., directly in front of the White House, as a sign of repentance for the sins of the nation as well as our commitment to follow the Gospel.
Special thanks to Dani Clark, Judith Kelly, Scott Wright, Sr. Ardeth Platte, and Fr. Joe Nangle who composed and offered powerful prayers today. And deep appreciation to those who read prayers, to Meade who lead the singing, and to everyone who participated in this Ash Wednesday Liturgy of Repentance.
During this Lent us pray with and for each other, and for our church and world, that we can truly repent and convert our lives to making God’s reign of love, justice and peace a reality.
With great gratitude,