Lord protect us in our struggle against evil.
As we begin the discipline of Lent,
make this day holy by our self-denial.
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting
this campaign of Christian service,
so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils,
we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.
BLESSING AND DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES
Dear friends in Christ,
let us ask our Father
to bless these ashes
which we will use
as the mark of our repentance.
Dear brethren (brothers and sisters), let us humbly ask God our Father
that he be pleased to bless with the abundance of his grace
these ashes, which we will put on our heads in penitence.
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 your servants who are marked with these ashes,
that, as they follow the Lenten observances,
they may be worthy to come with minds made pure
to celebrant the Paschal Mystery of your Son.
Lord, through this communion
may our lenten penance give you glory
and bring us your protection
May the Sacrament we have received sustain us, O Lord,
that our Lenten fast may be pleasing to you
and be for us a healing remedy.
Comment: This speaks for itself.