Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10
From the earliest times of the Church, Christians have gathered with great devotion to recall the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and they prepared for this time with a season of prayer, fasting, and returning to God.
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By carefully keeping these days, the Church has held in her heart the message of forgiveness and mercy proclaimed in the Gospel of Christ, and has grown closer to Christ in thought, word, and deed.
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We invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy season of Lent, by examining yourself and repenting; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and reflecting on God’s Holy Word. As we begin our journey, let us pray for grace and strength to lay our lives before God and receive the gift of pardon and healing.
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