Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing you have made
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Today we begin the great season of Lent, a time of preparation for the Easter Festival. A wise old priest once said to me that only people who keep a proper Lent could celebrate a wonderful Easter. May you enjoy a wonderful Lent in preparation for the most wonderful season of the Christian Year, Easter.