Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Catholics attending mass on this day have their foreheads marked with ashes as a sign of repentance.
The mass readings for Ash Wednesday:
- First reading: Joel 2:12-18 – “return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning”
- Responsorial psalm: Psalm 51 – “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.”
- Second reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 – “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God”
- Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 – “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them”