Lent is a journey that moves us toward the cross
Lent is more than a time to give up one of our cherished things. It is a time to let go of the doubt and negative energy in our lives. It is a time to focus on sharing our spiritual gifts with others.
Loving God, you created us in your image from dirt ("Adamah").
You remind us that ultimately we return to the earth.
May the ashes we receive today remind us that all
of our lives rest in your hands and are
dependent on your very breath.
May the ashes be a sign of our desire to have your Holy Spirit breathe life into us.
As we begin this Lenten season of penance, prayer, and charitable giving, we ask you to send us your grace so that we may live our commitment to be your life-giving presence in our world
We ask this through Christ our Lord.