Patristic / Medieval
Tertullian (On Fasting)
Augustine 1 (Gospel)
Augustine 2 (Gospel)
Leo the Great:
Sermon on Lent, I
Sermon on Lent, II
Sermon on Lent, IV
Sermon on Lent, VIII
Sermon on Lent, XI
Catena Aurea (Gospel)
Ken (Pastoral Letter to Clergy for
Sparrow (On Lent & Sundays)
Wesley's Sermon (Gospel)
Wesley's Notes (Gospel)
Wesley's Notes (Epistle)
Common Prayer Commentary
Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)
Keble poem - Ash Wednesday
from The Christian Year
Herbert - Poem for Lent
T. S. Eliot - Six Poems for Ash Wednesday (copyright
prevents publishing these poems, but see one of
Curry's sermons or
find them on this
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest
thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the
of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ
This Collect is to be read every day in Lent
the Collect appointed for the Day.
[in the 1662 BCP]
FOR THE EPISTLE.
Joel 2. 12
TURN ye even to me, saith the Lord, with all
and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rend
heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he
gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and
him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return, and repent, and
a blessing behind him, even a meat-offering and a drink-offering unto
Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a
solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble
the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts; let
bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her
Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and
the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not
heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore
should they say among the people, Where is their God?
[in the 1962 Canadian BCP]
St. James 4. 6
GOD bestowed abundant grace; wherefore the
saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your
hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let
your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
not evil one to another, brethren.
S. Matth. 6. 16
AND Jesus spake unto his disciples, saying,
When ye fast,
be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure
faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto
They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine
head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to fast, but
thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret,
reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for
your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
BE merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto
me; / for
my soul trusteth in thee;
2 And under the shadow of thy wings shall be my
/ until this tyranny be overpast.
3 I will call unto the most high God, / even
God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand.
4 He shall send from heaven and save me,
from the reproach of him that would eat me up.
5 God shall send forth his mercy and truth; /
is among lions.
6 And I lie even among the children of men,
set on fire, / whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a
Ant. Set up thyself, O God, above
/ and thy glory above all the earth.
Glory be. Repeat Antiphon.
8 The Lord is full of compassion and gracious,
and of great goodness.
9 He will not alway be chiding: / neither
his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins, /
us according to our wickednesses.
11 For look how high the heaven is in
comparison of the
earth, / so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.
12 Look how wide also the east is from the
west, / so
far hath he set our sins from us.
13 Yea, like as a father pitieth his own
even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth whereof we are made: / he
that we are but dust.