Lent Readings and Prayers for Individuals and Families
Lent is approaching! Check out our resource for families and individuals to prepare for and observe Ash Wednesday and each Sunday in Lent. Prepared by Rachel Moorman, ADOTS Communications Associate, this guide will help you pray that week’s collect, and then follow a Gospel reading guide in preparation for the upcoming Sunday. It also includes the daily collect from Morning Prayer for each day. We have included it below, and in printable form here.
Ash Wednesday through March 4
W – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 | TH – Matthew 4:1-4 | F – Matthew 4:5-6 | S – Matthew 4:7-11
Collect for Ash Wednesday
O Lord our God, grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart: that desiring you, we may seek you; and that seeking you, we may find you; and that finding you, we may love you; and that loving you, we may hate those sins from which you have delivered us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Week of March 5
M – John 3:1-3 | T – John 3:4-5 | W – John 3:6-8 | TH – John 3:9-11 | F – John 3:12-13 | S – John 3:14-16
First Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty
to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Week of March 12
M – John 4:5-10 | T – John 4:11-14 | W – John 4:15-21 | TH – John 4:22-26 | F – John 4:27-38 | S – John 4:39-42
Second Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Week of March 19
M – John 9:1-5 | T – John 9:6-7 | W – John 9:8-13 | TH – John 9:28-33 | F – John 9:34-38 | S – John 9:39-41
Third Sunday in Lent
Heavenly Father, you made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you: Look upon the heartfelt desires of your humble servants, and stretch forth the strong hand of your Majesty to be our defense against our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
Week of March 26
M – John 11:1-4 | T – John 11:5-10 | W – John 11:11-17 | TH – John 11:18-27 | F – John 11:28-37 | S – John 11:38-44
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Week of April 2
M – Mt 26:36-56 | T – Mt 26:57-68 | W – Mt 26:69-75| TH – Mt 27:1-26 | F – Mt 27:27-54 | S – Mt 27:55-66
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
A Collect for the Renewal of Life
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Grace
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Guidance
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Endurance
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Sabbath Rest
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.