“God of all compassion, Father of all goodness,
to heal the wounds our sins and selfishness bring upon us
You bid us turn to fasting, prayer, and sharing with our brothers and sisters.
We acknowledge our sinfulness, our guilt is ever before us;
when our weakness causes discouragement,
let your compassion fill us with hope
and lead us through a Lent of repentance to the beauty of Easter joy.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.”* Amen.
*Roman Breviary – Vol. 2; Third Sunday of Lent, Evening Prayer I, Closing Prayer, pg. 210.