Mardi Gras - "Fat Tuesday"
On Wednesday of this coming week we will be entering into our Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. It will be a time for all of us to offer sacrifice for ourselves and for purification during these 40 days. Lent is a time of sacrifice and penance. But before we can be ready for that we should prepare. This Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday the last day of feasting before the beginning of Lent. So we offer this prayer to help us pave the road to healing and repentance in Lent.
Mardi Gras Prayer
by Andy Alexander, SJ, Maureen McCann Waldron
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 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.
March 6th is
, the beginning of the great season of Lent!
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