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

Collect:
Grant, almighty God,
through the yearly observances of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding
of the riches hidden in Christ
and by worthy conduct pursue their 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.

The Readings
Genesis 2: 7-9; 3:1-7; Psalm 51: 3 - 17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Daily Meditation:
Bring us back to you.
This week we pray for a renewal of our lives.

We are beginning to be more attentive and alert.

We are trying new patterns.

The difficulties we encounter keep us humble.

Our desire is clear.
We want the “self-sacrificing love of Christ” -

which brings us mercy and healing - to be “reproduced in our lives.”

In our journey, we seek to savor the meaning of Jesus' self-less love,

that we might reflect that love to others.

At the end of our journey, we will renew our baptismal promises.

Dying with Jesus in baptism, we have a new life in him.

Today, we desire nothing less than God's re-creating us -

breathing new life into us.


A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.

Psalm 51

 

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Let us praise our loving Redeemer, who gained for us this season of grace,
and pray to him, saying:
   Lord, create a new spirit in us.

Christ, our life, through baptism we were buried with you and rose to life with you,
 - may we walk today in newness of life.
Lord, you have brought blessings to all mankind,
 - bring us to share your concern for the good of all.
May we work together to build up the earthly city,
 - with our eyes fixed on the city that lasts for ever.
Healer of body and soul, cure the sickness of our spirit,
 - so that we may grow in holiness through your constant care.

Closing Prayer:
Lord God,
you who breathed the spirit of life within me.
Draw out of me the light and life you created.
Help me to find my way back to you.
Help me to use my life to reflect your glory
and to serve others
as your son Jesus did.

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


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Daily Lent Prayer

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

Collect:
Convert us, O God our Savior,
and instruct or minds by heavenly teaching,
that we may benefit from the works of Lent.
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.

The Readings
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18;  Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15;  Matthew 25:31-46

Daily Meditation:
Bring us back to you.
We repeat our desire that God bring us home from our wandering.

We know that in the confusion that surrounds us and can fill us,

we need the gift of Wisdom.

It is fitting that our very first “lesson” in our faith,
is the last judgment scene that Jesus paints for us.

We will be judged on whether we:

  fed the hungry

  welcomed the stranger

  clothed the naked

  comforted the sick

  visited the imprisoned.

It is powerful to re-learn this wisdom -

Jesus identifies with each of these “least” cared for.

Who might we feed, welcome, clothe, comfort or visit this week?
As my heart might “resist” this mission,

I might beg to be brought back, with all my heart.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Praise to Jesus, our Savior; by his death he has opened for us the way of salvation. 
Let us ask him:
   Lord, guide your people to walk in your ways.

God of mercy, you gave us new life through baptism,
 - make us grow day by day in your likeness.
May our generosity today bring joy to those in need,
 - in helping them may we find you.
Help us to do what is good, right and true in your sight,
 - and to seek you always with undivided hearts.
Forgive our sins against the unity of your family,
 - make us one in heart and spirit.

Closing Prayer:
Loving God,
you call us back to you with all of our hearts.
I feel your call for me deep in my heart
and I know you want me back
as much as I want to return.
Please, Lord,
give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.

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


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TUESDAY
Daily Lent Prayer

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

Collect:
Look upon your family, Lord,
that, through the chastening effects of bodily discipline,
our minds may be radiant in your presence
with the strength of our yearning for you.
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.

The Readings
Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19; Matthew 6:7-15

Daily Meditation:
Help us grow in our desire for you.
We are learning the intimate connection

between the “discipline” we choose these days,

and the growth of our desire.

If our desire for our Lord is weak,

if it has to compete with so many other desires that choke it out,

then we need to re-form our desiring.

We want to be disciples -

those who love Jesus, are with Jesus in our desires,

and choose to follow Jesus.

In today's lesson we learn the Lord's Prayer again.
As children, we turn to our Loving Father in prayer.

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Praise to Christ, who has given us himself as the bread from heaven.
Let us pray to him, saying:
   Jesus, you feed and heal our souls; come to strengthen us.

Lord, feed us at the banquet of the Eucharist,
 - with all the gifts of your paschal sacrifice.
Give us a perfect heart to receive your word,
 - that we may bring forth fruit in patience.
Make us eager to work with you in building a better world,
 - so that it may listen to your Church and its gospel of peace.
We confess, Lord, that we have sinned,
 - wash us clean by your gift of salvation.

Closing Prayer:
Father of my soul,
Mother of my heart,
I know your love for me is limitless beyond imagining.
You care for me as a loving parent.
Through my smallest Lenten sacrifices,
help me to become less selfish
and more aware of your ways.
Fan the flame of my desire
to draw ever closer to you.
Guide me to seek your love.

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


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WEDNESDAY
Daily Lent Prayer

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

Collect:
Look kindly, Lord, we pray,
on the devotion of your people,
that those who by self-denial are restrained in body
may the fruit of good works be renewed in mind.
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.

The Readings
Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19; Luke 11:29-32

Daily Meditation:
Hear our prayer.
The Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent take on a more penitential tone.

Our longing intensifies.

We know we have to work hard to resist temptation

and to change some of our bad habits.

We know that spiritual renewal won't come easy.

But we know that all we will ultimately be able to do

will come from God's inspiration - as a gift.

So we ask from a deeper and deeper place in our hearts.

We listen to the wonderful children's story about Nineveh.
They responded to God's word and repented.

My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Psalm 51
 

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Blessed be God, the giver of salvation, who decreed that mankind should become a new creation in himself,
when all would be made new.  With great confidence let us ask him:

   Lord, renew us in your Spirit.


Lord, you promised a new heaven and a new earth; renew us daily through your Spirit,

 - that we may enjoy your presence for ever in the heavenly Jerusalem.

Help us to work with you to make this world alive with your Spirit,

 - and to build on earth a city of justice, love and peace.

Free us from all negligence and sloth,

 - and give us joy in your gifts of grace.

Deliver us from evil,

 - and from slavery to the senses, which blinds us to goodness

Closing Prayer:
Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.

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


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THURSDAY
Daily Lent Prayer

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

Collect:
Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord,
a spirit of always pondering on what is right
and of hastening to carry it out,
and, since without you we cannot exist,
may we be enabled to live according to your will.
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.

The Readings
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8; Matthew 7:7-12

Daily Meditation:
Help us to be eager in doing your will.
In today's lesson we learn more about prayer.

We are touched by the bold, full-hearted prayer of Esther.

We hear with a freshness how sincerely Jesus invites us to:

  ask and receive

  seek and find

  knock and find the door opened.

Dependence is not a virtue we ordinarily admire.
Today we grow in our sense that we need God's grace very much -

even to know what is right -

but certainly to fan our desires into a flame.

Lord, on the day I called for help,
you answered me.
Psalm 138

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
Christ our Lord came among us as the light of the world, that we might walk in his light, and not in the darkness of death. 
Let us praise him and cry out to him:

   Let your word be a lamp to guide us.

God of mercy, help us today to grow in your likeness,
 - that we who sinned in Adam may rise again in Christ.
Let your word be a lamp to guide us,
 - that we may live the truth and grow always in your love.
Teach us to be faithful in seeking the common good for your sake,
 - that your light may shine on the whole human family by means of your Church.
Touch our hearts to seek your friendship more and more,
 - and to make amends for our sins against your wisdom and goodness.

Closing Prayer:
Lord,
Im not always eager to do your will.
Id often much rather do my own will.
Please be with me on this Lenten journey
and help me to remember
that your own spirit can guide me
in the right direction.
I want to fix my weaknesses
but the task seems overwhelming.
But I know that with your help,
anything can be done.
With a grateful heart,
I acknowledge your love
and know that without you,
I can do nothing.

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


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FRIDAY

Daily Lent Prayer
February 22, 2013

“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.

The Readings
Ezekiel 18:21-28; Psalm 130:1-8; Matthew 5:20-26

Daily Meditation:
Renew us and prepare us.
Our lesson today is anout reconcilliation
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 oursleves today,
  -and not deny those in need
May we recieve 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 fel 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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SATURDAY
Daily Lent Prayer
“Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:
Turn our hearts to you, eternal Father,
and grant that, seeking always the one thing necessary
and carrying out works of charity,
we may be dedicated to your worship.
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.

The Readings
Deuteronomy 26:16-19; Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8;  Matthew 5:43-48

Daily Meditation:
Turn our hearts to you.
The Saturdays of Lent have a grateful and uplifting tone to them.

Our lesson today reminds us of the covenant God made long ago:

  you be my people

  and I will be your God.

In the new covenant, without condition,
God is faithful to us, even if we are not.

Jesus calls us to a new way of being -

loving others as we have been loved -

which includes loving those who do not love us.

We are to be as pure in our love,

as God is pure in loving us.

God loved the world so much,
he gave us his only Son,
that all who believe in him
might have eternal life.
John 3:16

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions:
To make us his new creation, Christ the Lord gave us the waters of rebirth
and spread the table of his body and his word.  Let us call upon him and say:

   Lord, renew us in your grace.

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.

Closing Prayer:
Loving God,
Sometimes my heart
turns in every direction
except towards you.
Please help me
to turn my heart toward you,
to gaze upon you in trust
and to seek your kingdom with all of my heart.
Soften my hardened heart
so that I might love others
as a way to glorify and worship you.
Grant me this
with the ever-present guidance of your spirit.

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


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