God of compassion, Father of all goodness
you formed us from the dust of the earth
and conformed us to Christ by our baptism.
To heal the wounds that our sins and selfishness bring upon us
you bid us turn to prayer, fasting and sharing with the poor.
We acknowledge our sinfulness before You signing ourselves with ashes.
May this journey through the desert of Lent lead us to the font of rebirth.
May our fasting create in us a hunger for justice.
May our alms help us to feed those in need.
May our prayers draw us closer to peace.
We ask this in the name of Our Lord Jesus, our brother,
who lives with You and the Holy Spirit now and for ever.