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Daily Prayer & Reading 2/14

 Vicky Grady
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February 14, 2018


Ash Wednesday

Almighty God, at one time public sinners were segregated and marked with ashes. Today we use ashes to make the Sign of the Cross on our foreheads. We acknowledge our lack of faith and hear Your call to turn from sin. But we also remember the salvation won for us by Christ, as we travel with Him on the holy journey of Lent. Amen.

St. Valentine’s Day

God of Mercy, thank You for bringing love into my life. In moments when I am truly happy and content, my heart swells with love: love for You, for my family, for friends, for the life I’ve been blessed to live. Help me to never lose sight of this amazing feeling, and be with me in the moments when I feel down and deflated. Amen.


Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”