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On Ash Wednesday, after receiving ashes and returning home, gather in your kitchen. Use this short prayer service to reinforce the experience of the Ash Wednesday ritual and to commit to carrying out your family’s plans for Lent. On the kitchen table, place a lighted candle, a crucifix or plain cross, your signed list of family plans for Lent, and a refrigerator magnet. Then gather around the table and begin.
Leader: Today, each of us was signed with a cross of ashes to remind us of our need to share the Cross of Jesus by doing penance throughout the days of Lent. We have made a list of the things we will do together as a family. (The leader picks up the list and reads the plans, one by one, pausing after each item to ask family members to respond.) By the Cross of Jesus, do you agree to faithfully follow this part of our plan?
All: Yes, by the Cross of Jesus, we agree to follow this part of our plan.
After all plans have been reviewed and agreed to, the leader uses the magnet to post the family’s Lenten plans in a
prominent spot on the refrigerator.
Leader: Let us pray for the grace to keep Lent faithfully.
Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent,
make this season holy by our self-denial.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
All: Amen
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