Prayers for February 18, 2018

Introduction

Lent is a time to remember that God first reached out to us. This was not a meagre, one-time gesture like those we often make and withdraw, but a profound, lasting and healing covenant. During this season, we reflect on and ask forgiveness for our own alienating, sinful actions. We ponder in deep prayer and silence that God has invested everything, including a beloved Son, into this relationship. 

Penitential Act

  • Lord Jesus, your ministry was preceded by 40 days in the desert: Lord, have mercy.
  • Christ Jesus, you, like your ancestors, prayed and were tempted: Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, you call us into this Lenten time of prayer and repentance: Lord, have mercy.

Scripture Readings

  • Gn 9:8-15 God’s unconditional covenant with Noah
  • Ps 25 Your way, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant
  • 1 Pt 3:18-22 All are saved by Christ, through baptism
  • Mk 1:12-15 Jesus is driven into the desert for 40 days

Prayer of the Faithful

Presider Let us now pray to grow in our relationship with God and one another during this sacred time.  
Minister For the whole church: that our covenant with a loving God may be strengthened during this Lenten season ... remembering your constant love, we pray,

  • For the courage to contribute to a more just and peaceful world during this Lenten season ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For the desire to build more loving relationships with others, especially those we resent, during this Lenten season ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For the generosity of time and effort to assist those seeking to enter the church during this Lenten season ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For the catechumens in our faith community and throughout the diocese who will be participating in the Rite of Election with our bishop ... remembering your constant love, we pray,
  • For the compassion to walk with the sick and dying, the grieving and most needy members of this community during this Lenten season ... remembering your constant love, we pray,

Presider God of patience, we are humbled by the unconditional love you have bestowed on us beyond our memory. Help us to observe this holy season in prayer and repentance, so that we may be ever more faithful to you and to one another. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.