An Ash Wednesday Collect

Almighty God, judge of all people, give us hearts that are truly repentant of our many sins and our lack of love for you and for all you love, that we might turn from disaster and enter into your ways, escaping from the corruption and calamity that awaits those who cling to evil, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who gave himself for our sake and ascended to you in the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘Rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.’ – Joel 2:13