Prayer as Lent Begins
We pray that in this time of salvation he will fill us with the Holy Spirit, purify our hearts, and strengthen us in love. Let us humbly ask him:
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.
May we be filled and satisfied,
— by the word which you give us.
Teach us to be loving not only in great and exceptional moments,
— but above all in the ordinary events of daily life.
May we abstain from what we do not really need,
— and help our brothers and sisters in distress.
May we bear the wounds of your Son in our bodies,
— for through his body he gave us life.
Intercessions, from Morning Prayer for Ash Wednesday,
Liturgy of the Hours