PRAYER ON ASH WEDNESDAY
Jesus, in honor of the forty days
you spent in the desert praying and fasting,
we begin this season of Lent.
During this time of good works, prayer, and sacrifice
may we prepare our hearts, souls, minds and bodies for the feast of your Resurrection.
May we follow in your footsteps
as we journey with you to Jerusalem.
At each Mass that we participate in during this Lent,
may we be reminded of the Last Supper
and your gift of Eucharist.
May we continue with you
accepting those challenges that come our way.
May we stay with Mary
as she stands by your Cross.
We ask you to forgive us our faults
and thank you for the sacrifice you have made for us.
Grant us, O God, the perseverance
to strive each day of this season of Lent
to become the person you created us to be.
May our preparation for Easter
make us one with you the Risen Christ on Easter
and every day of our lives. Amen.