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Vol: 45, No.16 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT ( B) February 18 2018  
inviting people to believe in the Gospel and become beneficiaries of the new era of salvation that is dawning. Let us confidently place our petitions before the Lord, saying,
Response: Lord, may your gospel transform us.
1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that as leaders of the Church they may motivate the people to embrace a new direction in life which the Lenten penance promises, we pray R./
2. That the Lord may give us the grace to overcome temptations in our lives, such as temptations of the flesh, of wealth and of power, we pray R./
3. That human lives may not be lost through man-made calamities and that the environment may be protected, we pray R./
4. That the season of Lent that we have just begun may become a time of interior reflection, a time for shedding unwanted habits and a time for embracing healthier and wholesome habits in our lives, we pray R./
5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that we may deeply trust the Word of God that assures us protection against all maladies and destructive forces that trouble us from time to time, we pray R./
(Pray for community and personal needs)
Cel:God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son who has won decisive victory over the temptations of the devil by firmly trusting in you. Victory over the temptations enabled Jesus to begin his ministry of doing good. Give us the grace that this
Lenten season may be a time for a renewal in our lives. We make this prayer
Give us the right dispositions, O Lord, we pray, to make these offerings, for with them we celebrate the beginning of this venerable and sacred time. Through Christ our Lord.
PREFACE (Temptation)
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.
By abstaining forty long days from earthly food, he consecrated through his fast the pattern of our Lenten observance, and, by overturning all the snares of the ancient serpent, taught us to cast out the leaven of malice, so that, celebrating worthily the Paschal Mystery, we might pass over at last to the eternal paschal feast.
And so, with the company of Angels and Saints, we sing the hymn of your praise, as without end we acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts...
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. (Mt 4:4)
Renewed now with heavenly bread, by which faith is nourished, hope increased, and charity strengthened we pray, O Lord, that we may learn to hunger for Christ, the true and living Bread, and strive to live by every word which proceeds from your mouth. Through Christ our Lord.
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