Ash Wednesday Prayers and Litanies: Updated for 2020

by Christine Sine

by Christine Sine

As part of my preparation for Lent each year, I write a prayer for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Over the last couple of years, I have preferred to revisit and reflect on prayers from previous years which I have collected here. It seems a little ironic that last year I posted this on Valentine’s Day because Ash Wednesday coincided with Valentines Day and Easter with April fools Day, giving us the theme: For love of the world God did foolish things so it really does make it appropriate.

I have updated the links to previous prayers and added more links to other inspirational prayers that you might like to check out.

A few from last year include Ash Wednesday prayer for 2019 and another for 2019.

My 2018 Ash Wednesday prayer was inspired by an earlier prayer I wrote.

View my 2017 Ash Wednesday prayer which reflects on the idea of burnt ashes.

Here is a link to my 2016 Ash Wednesday prayer.

The 2015 Ash Wednesday prayer was adapted from Isaiah 58 – one of my favourite scriptures to meditate on at this season.

I suggest that after you read through the prayer, you then read the scripture Isaiah 58:5-12 in The Voice translation, and then again in the New Living Translation, and finally in The Message. Spend time thinking about the implications of these verses for your life and how God might challenge you to live them out during the season of Lent.

My prayer for Ash Wednesday 2014 comes out of my own deep desire to be transformed and to see something new of God’s image emerge in my life.

Ash Wednesday prayer 2014.001

You might also like to check out some of the prayers from previous years.

Ash Wednesday Prayer for 2013

Ash Wednesday Prayer for 2012

This prayer was adapted by Odyssey ministries in the following video. Putting prayers like this to music with photos is a practice that I find very faith building. Perhaps it is a practice you would like to enter into during this Lenten season.

Another prayer for Ash Wednesday 2012

Ash Wednesday Prayer 2011

Ash Wednesday Prayer 2010

And our Lenten meditation video from 2012 below:

The featured music: “O Redemptor” from the CD “Prayers of St. Brendan” by Jeff Johnson
© 2011 Ark Records Used with permission. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Other inspirational Ash Wednesday Prayers has a great collection of prayers for Ash Wednesday

Faith and Worship has a great Ash Wednesday Liturgy 

Church Marketing Sucks shares from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer  while looking at Lent and Social Media.

From the United Methodist Church another Ash Wednesday Prayer

Resources from are always worth revisiting.

From Catholics Online links to a rich array of Ash Wednesday prayers

An Ash Wednesday Collect from Bosco Peters in New Zealand

I enjoyed this interesting reflection on the contrast between Lent and Carnival

You may also like to listen to T.S. Eliot read the first part of his famous Ash Wednesday poem and reflect on what he says. Or read the entire poem and commentary.

Please check out our complete list of Godspace resources for Lent through Holy Week

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