"Everything I have written is straw"
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning.
And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your
God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and
ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God?
Blow the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly,
Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients,
gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let
the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride
Between the porch and the altar the priests the Lord' s ministers shall
weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare thy people: and give not thy
inheritance to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them. Why
should they say among the nations: Where is their God?
The Lord hath been zealous for his land, and hath spared his people. And the Lord answered and said to his people: Behold I will send you
corn, and wine, and oil, and you shall be filled with them: and I will
no more make you a reproach among the nations.
(Joel 2: 12-19, Douay-Rheims Version, Epistle for Ash Wednesday Mass in the Extraordinary Form)