A Prayer for Ash Wednesday
O God, who are moved by acts of humility
and respond with forgiveness to works of penance,
lend your merciful ear to our prayers
and in your kindness pour out the grace of your blessing on us,
that, as we follow Lenten observances,
we may come with pure hearts and minds
to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of your Son,
through whom we make this prayer. Amen.
Adapted from the Blessing of Ashes from the Mass for Ash Wednesday.
Photo taken at the Immaculata Church on the University of San Diego campus.