A Prayer for the Start of Lent

O Jesus, my Saviour and my Lord,

during this Lent, I want to unite myself to you,

praying and fasting in the desert, 

to you who suffered and humbled yourself for me.

By your solitude and your silence,
detach me from the things of this world and draw me to yourself.

By your hunger and your sacrifices,
open me to your grace and enlarge my desire for you.

By your temptations and your sufferings,

fortify me in my struggles.

By your return to public life, teach me to live with you and in you, so that amidst the world and its trials, filled with you and your life,

I may shine only with you and your joy.

Amen.
Pierre Cardinal Berulle

Founder of the French Oratory.