Catholic Prayer: Prayer for the First Week of Lent
This prayer is designed to be said within the family before a Crucifix during the first week of Lent.
Mother or a child: From the words of St. Paul (2 Cor. 6:1-2).
Dearly beloved, we entreat you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: In an acceptable time I have beard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.Father: This time of fasting has opened to us the gates of paradise. Let us accept it, praying and beseeching
Family: That on the day of resurrection we may be glorified in the Lord.
Father: Let us pray. Through the observance of Lent, O Lord, you purify your Church every year. See to it that your children lead a better life and so obtain the graces they are striving to acquire by doing penance. This we ask of you through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
Family: Amen. Favor this dwelling, Lord, with your presence. Far from it repulse all the wiles of Satan. Your holy angels — let them live here, to keep us in peace. And may your blessing remain always upon us. This we ask of you through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
Father: Let us bless the Lord.
Family: Thanks be to God.
Father: May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and keep us.
Family: Amen.Prayer Source: Holy Lent by Eileen O'Callaghan, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1975