Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
We invoke your mercy in humble prayer, O Lord, that you may cause us, your servants, corrected by penance and schooled by good works, to preserve sincerely in your commands and come safely to the paschal festivities. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 106; John 5:31-47
Lead us to the joy of Easter. We are still aware of our patterns. We still are realigning our priorities. We are still trying to simplify and trying to eat in solidarity with others. Most of all, we are still asking for a change of heart.
Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek always the face of the Lord. – Psalm 104:3-4
Teach us to enter more deeply into the mystery of the Church, – that it may be more effective for ourselves and for the world as the sacrament of salvation.
Lover of mankind, inspire us to work for human progress, – seeking to spread your kingdom in all we do.
May our hearts thirst for Christ, – the fountain of living water.
Forgive us our sins, – and direct our steps into the ways of justice and sincerity.
Merciful Father, Loving Mother, I know that the tiny sacrifices I make this Lent can never serve as a real penance in my life. But help me to make my whole life one of following your Son. I am filled with your love. Let your love shine out from within me and guide my life in this sacred journey toward the Easter joy you offer me.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.