Ashes placed upon the forehead,
mark the time of Lent begun.
Ashes placed upon the forehead,
Are the sign of penances sung.

From deep within our heart.
may we heed the call,
from our sins to turn away.
and in His Love find our all.

May we hear and heed
God’s Gospel to believe.
May His truth in mercy
sow redemption’s seed.

May we grow beyond,
these forty days of counting,
of things given up,
for Lent’s surmounting.

May we grow to know,
freedom real and lasting
in the Crucified Lord’s
embrace of love surpassing.

And in His Wounds of love,
Our wounds of life to share.
May His Cross point the way,
His Easter Light to share.