Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil.
As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this day holy by our self-denial.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Father in heaven, the light of Your truth bestows sight to the darkness of sinful eyes.
May this season of repentance bring us the blessing of Your forgiveness and the gift of your light.