Lord our God,
We ask you to bless these ashes,
Symbol of our desire,
To turn away from sin,
And to follow Jesus your Son.
May your Holy Spirit give us the strength,
To pray, do good works and make sacrifices.
This holy season of Lent,
As we joyfully wait to meet Jesus,
Risen from the dead at Easter.
We make this prayer to you in the name of Jesus, our Lord.