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“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Rejoicing in this annual celebration of our Lenten observance, we pray, O Lord, that, with our hearts set on the paschal mysteries, we may be gladdened by their full effects. 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.
Hosea 6:1-6; Psalm 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab; Luke 18:9-14
Bring us to the full joy of Easter.
This is the last day of the first part of Lent. Our lesson is a powerful one. The one person praying in the temple is proud of his spiritual accomplishments. The other person is deeply humble before God, and goes home having really named the graces desired. Through our daily practices, we are placed with Jesus in suffering, in growing surrender to the deaths of our life, and in anticipation of the full joy of Easter
Keep me from any deadly sin. Only you can save me! Then I will shout and sing about your power to save. – Psalm 51:14
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, clothe us with compassion, kindness and humility, – make us want to be patient with everyone.
Teach us to be true neighbors to all in trouble and distress, – and so imitate you, the Good Samaritan.
May the Blessed Virgin, your Mother, pray for all those vowed to a life of virginity, – that they may deepen their dedication to you and to the Church.
Grant us the gift of your mercy, – forgive our sins and remit their punishment.
God of Mercy and Understanding, I know that with help I can open my heart more fully to the mysteries of the suffering and death of your son. Help me to be humble in this journey and remember that any mercy and compassion I feel is a gift from you. I await the joy of Easter with new longing and patience.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.