Ashes to Go – Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ash WednesdayUAB Pastoral Care is sponsoring “Ashes to Go” in the North Pavilion from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

“Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day.  It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace.”

All persons are welcome to receive ashes in the busiest pedestrian intersection in the largest hospital in the state of Alabama, and the third largest public hospital in the United States.

Staff Chaplains and local clergy will be present in the large hallways near the food court, Guest Services desk, and main elevators. All visitors and employees are welcome to stop, receive ashes and be on your way in less than a minute.

Cards will be shared that has an inclusive prayer and meaning of Ash Wednesday on it.

UAB Hospital cares for the body, mind, and spirit of all guests and employees.

Psalm 51

1 Ash Wednesday cross on foreheadHave mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgement.
5 Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.

6 You desire truth in the inward being;*
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right* spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing* spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

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