The Ash Wednesday liturgy is sparse and to the point. Traditionally it includes the Litany. This year at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London they've taken the ancient form of the Litany and added some contemporary references. Here is part of it:
From all worldliness, and love of money; from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws, R/ Good Lord deliver us
From the snares of corporate greed, from the lure of the bonus culture, from toxic financial instruments and excessive debt R/ Good Lord deliver us
From the spirit of bombast, from our fascination with power, from state-sponsored torture and from all use of torture R/ Good Lord deliver us
From corrupt or easily led politicians, from the 'its within the rules' defence, from the slow and subtle encroachments of deceit R/ Good Lord deliver us
From the abuse of process and patronage, from the attraction of public honours, and from all blandishments R/ Good Lord deliver us
From complacency as a Christian community, from living within sound bites and not your truth, from love of trivia R/ Good Lord deliver us
In all times of sorrow; in all times of joy; in the hour of our death, and at the day of judgement, R/ Good Lord deliver us
"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was." - Molly Ivins 1944-2007
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