Friday – First Week of Lent

Daily Lent Prayer
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.” 

Collect:

Grant that your faithful, O Lord, we pray,
may be so conformed to the paschal observance,
that the bodily discipline now solemnly begun
may bear fruit in the souls of all.
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.
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The Readings
Ezekiel 18:21-28; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8; Matthew 5:20-26

Daily Meditation:
Renew us and prepare us.
Our lesson today is about reconciliation
Our Lord forgives us all our sins –
nothing can seperate us from the love of God for us in Jesus
And we are called to forgive others
with the same compassion, mercy, patience, and love given to us.

Our Lenten practices help us to
experience the renewing love of God,
and they prepare us for our journey to Easter”
to celebrate the mystery of our death to self
and rebirth in the new life Jesus won for us.

I do not wish the sinner to die, says the Lord,
but to turn to me and live.

Ezekiel 33

Today’s Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Thanks be to Christ the Lord, who brought us life by his death on the cross.
With our whole heart let us ask him:
   By your death raise us to life

Teacher and savior, you have shown us your fidelity and made us
a new creation by your passion
,
-keep us from falling again into sin
Help us to deny ourselves today,
  -and not deny those in need
May we receive this day of penance as your gift,
  -and give it back to you through works of mercy
Master our rebellious hearts,
  -and teach us generosity

Closing Prayer:
Creator of my life,
renew me:bring me to new life in you.
Touch me and make me feel whole again.
Help me to see your love
in the passion, death and resurrection of your son.
Help me to observe Lent
in a way that allows me to celebrate that love.
Prepare me for these weeks of Lent
as I feel both deep sorrows for my sins
and your undying love for me.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.


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