From The Pastor’s Desk – March 3, 2019

My Favorite Lenten Prayer

  As we receive ashes on Wednesday, we solemnly begin our personal Lenten journeys with Jesus Christ to Golgotha and The Cross.

Ashes are an outward, public profession of our discipleship with Jesus and our Catholic faith and a humble plea to God for mercy and compassion, pardon and forgiveness. There is no liturgical action like it throughout the year.

Our reception of ashes also is a public admission of guilt, an expression of sorrow for sins we have committed and a self-reminder of our rededication during Lent to prayer, sacrificial fasting, almsgiving and a pledge to resist temptation in the future.

When we come forward for ashes at Ash Wednesday Mass or services, we are expressing sorrow for our sins and a desire to use the holy season of Lent to correct our faults, purify our hearts and minds, control our worldy desires and grow in holiness so that, come Easter morning, we are prepared to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection with great joy.

I pray that my favorite Lenten Prayer will touch you and your families as it does me, as we begin our walks with Jesus.

 

 

Prayer of Reflection and Offering of Self for Lent

My precious and crucified Lord, I offer You this Lent.

I offer it to You with total abandonment and trust.

I offer You my prayers, sacrifices and deeds this day.

Do with me, Lord, as You will.

 

I pray that this Lent will be fruitful.

I know You have much to say to me and

much to do in my life.

May this Lent be a time through which Your mercy is poured in abundance into my soul,

and into the souls of all Your faithful.

 

Dearest Lord, help me to especially see my faults this Lent.

Humble me so that I may see clearly.

Give me courage and strength to confess my sins,

and to turn from them with all my heart.

 

Enlighten me with Your Holy Word, dear Lord.

Help me to know your Presence and to deepen the gift of faith in my life.

Show me the plan You have for me,

and place my feet upon the path You have chosen.

 

Keep me faithful to my Lenten promises,

and bring forth new life through these sacrifices of love.

Strengthen my prayer and make me holy.

Help me to turn to You, each day,

seeking Your sacred and pierced Heart.

Blessed Mother,

you stood by your Son in His suffering and death,

stand by me, I pray, as I journey through this life.

Pray for me and offer me to Your Son,

that He may take me into His loving embrace.

 

Lord, Jesus, Son of the Living God,

have mercy on me a sinner.

Lord, Jesus, Son of the Living God,

have mercy on me a sinner.

Lord, Jesus, Son of the Living God,

have mercy on me a sinner.

Mother Mary, Mother of our Crucified Lord,

pray for us who have recourse to thee.

 

Amen.

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