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These prayers from the Altar Missal are good guides for the spiritual life.

Collect/Gathering Prayer

O God, who through your Word
reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way,
grant, we pray,
that with prompt devotion and eager faith
the Christian people may hasten
toward the solemn celebrations to come.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

This opening prayer at Mass sets the stage for our continuing Lenten journey and the renewal of faith. Keep in mind God’s anointing of his Son as King — unusual by human standards — and the display of his power in giving the man born blind his heavenly light to believe in Jesus the Messiah. This light is not just for one man but for all mankind to produce the reconciliation of humanity with the covenant of old between God and the whole human race. The Church prays then that a revisiting of this Gospel miracle will open us to the present gifts of the Holy Spirit, i.e. inspire us, so that we receive full benefit from the celebration of the Easter Season which will culminate in the Feast of Pentecost.

Alternate version of the Collect/Gathering Prayer
Lord our God, we stand in awe of you for your wonderful plan of salvation of all of mankind brought about by your Son, the Word made flesh. In the light of this we pray begging you to see to it that your Christian people experience an increase of a more lively faith which will bring forth your inspired love within us taking us more quickly to the upcoming Easter Season with its great festivities.

Prayer over the Offerings
We place before you with joy these offerings,
which bring eternal remedy, O Lord,
praying that we may both faithfully revere them
and present them to you, as is fitting,
for the salvation of all the world.
Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer after Communion
O God, who enlighten everyone who comes into this world,
illuminate our hearts, we pray,
with the splendor of your grace,
that we may always ponder
what is worthy and pleasing to your majesty
and love you in all sincerity.
Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the People/ Lenten Blessing
Look upon those who call to you, O Lord,
and sustain the weak;
give life by your unfailing light
to those who walk in the shadow of death,
and bring those rescued by your mercy from every evil
to reach the highest good.
Through Christ our Lord.