A Prayer for Ash Wendesday

Loving Jesus,

As I place on my forehead the sign of your saving cross

You say to me, repent and believe in the Gospel.

Walking into Lent

My heart is set on you.

May my fasting fill me with hunger for you,

May my prayer draw me deeper into your presence.

May my acts of charity bring your love to my home and community.

Lord of life,

Grant that by turning back to you in these forty days

I will re-awaken the joy of my Easter faith;

For you raise me up from fear and despair

And call me to hope and trust in God who is with me always.

With you, I will rise again. Amen”.