In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord, you always look on us with love and mercy. May this time of Lent remind us of your call to us, to turn to you who offer us light for our way and hope for our hearts. You call us to turn away from what is not life-giving and what is sinful. Loving Lord, deepen our response to you this Lent.
We read in the gospel according to Mark:
Jesus proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come,’ he said, ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’
We take a moment to respond to God’s invitation (Pause).
Here make the sign of the cross (with ashes if we have collected them from the church) on our own forehead or on each others’ foreheads, saying: ‘Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel’
We are marked with ashes today to show we are a people turning to God. So let us pray to God our Father for our needs, the needs of our loved ones, the needs of the world… (add your own intentions).
We join all our prayer intentions together as we pray, “Our Father, who art in heaven…”
We ask God to bless us on our Lenten journey:
God of love and mercy, draw us into the desert of our own lives, where you alone can quell our fears and give us passion and energy for the journey of life. We make this prayer through Christ your Son. Amen
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.