Feb 10, 2012

Mardi Gras Prayer

Here’s a prayer for the day before Ash Wednesday, traditionally a day of feasting before the austerity of Lent. The prayer comes from the online ministry of Creighton University.

Prayer for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for it is from your goodness that we have this day
to celebrate on the threshold of the Season of Lent.

Tomorrow we will fast and abstain from meat.
Today we feast.

We thank you for the abundance of gifts you shower upon us.
We thank you especially for one another.

As we give you thanks,
we are mindful of those who have so much less than we do.
As we share these wonderful gifts together,
we commit ourselves to greater generosity toward those
who need our support.

Prepare us for tomorrow.
Tasting the fullness of what we have today,
let us experience some hunger tomorrow.

May our fasting make us more alert
and may it heighten our consciousness
so that we might be ready to hear your Word
and respond to your call.

As our feasting fills us with gratitude
so may our fasting and abstinence hollow out in us
a place for deeper desires
and an attentiveness to hear the cry of the poor.

May our self-denial turn our hearts to you
and give us a new freedom for 
generous service to others.

We ask you these graces
with our hearts full of delight
and stirring with readiness for the journey ahead.

We ask them with confidence
in the name of Jesus the Lord. 

— from Praying Lent, an Online Ministry of Creighton University http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/

For more resources for Lent, click on Lent in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. For more prayer resources, see the Scriptural Prayer Index at the upper right side of the page.