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Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications: and grant that, like as this fast hath been ordained for the health of our bodies and our souls, so we may in all godliness and lowliness observe the same; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
— DDSB, p.107
Once again mention is made of fasting in this prayer. This element of traditional Lenten piety may be foreign to us moderns, but it’s worth looking into, if only to see what you’re missing. See my sermon for Ash Wednesday for more on the topic. Fasting can be of some benefit to your body (you feel more alert & not as sluggish, and overeating can be hard on your body), but even more to your soul, if you use that newfound sharpness of mind and concentration to study the Word.
The Epistle lesson for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday is Isaiah 58:9-14. It follows on in Isaiah from yesterday’s reading. I especially like v.12 about restoring the old ruins. I feel like we’re all called to that in these grey and latter days, but even more so pastors are. They have the responsibility to hold fast to the form of sound doctrine, and that’s not easy.
The Gospel for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday is Mark 6:47-56. It has in common the idea of crying out in reliance on Jesus — acting as if your faith is true, living as if what Jesus says will come to pass for you, because it will. It’s also a good reminder of just Who is going to the cross — it’s no mere man, it’s the Son of God. May Jesus bless your worship in His house tomorrow and give you the gift of rest this Lententide.