READING: Exodus 19:4-6a

you have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and
how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought
you to myself. Now, therefore, if you obey my
voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my
treasured possession out of all the peoples.
Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall
be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.


What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who shepherds the people and
sets them free.

God raises from David’s house
a child with
power to save.
Through the holy prophets
God promised in
ages past
to save us from enemy hands,
from the grip of
all who hate us.

The Lord favored our ancestors
recalling the
sacred covenant,
the pledge to our an
cestor Abraham,
to free us
from our enemies,
so we might worship without fear
and be holy and just
all our days.

And you child, will be called
Prophet of
the Most High,
for you will come to prepare
a pathway
for the Lord
by teaching the peo
ple salvation
through forgiveness
of their sin.

Out of God’s
deepest mercy
a dawn will come
from on high,
light for those sha
dowed by death,
a guide for our feet on the
way to peace.


Jesus, light of the world, you sent forth your disciples to proclaim our message in words
and deeds. Help us become bearers of your light through our lives and ministries:
Hear us, O Christ.

For church and world leaders, that they may bring the light of justice to the poor who are in
darkness, we pray:

For the leaders of our Institute, that they may inspire us to be light to those who are poor, sick, and ignorant, we pray:

For each sister and associate, that we may live as children of the light, revealing love and mercy, we pray:

For all our friends and co-workers, that the spirit of mercy may enlighten their daily lives, we pray:

For all the people whom we serve, that they may always know the presence of the God who is their light and their salvation, we pray:



O loving god, help us to renew our covenant
with you through prayer and penance during
this Lenten season. You invite us to be your
chosen people, but too often we turn aside to
other gods, enamored whit passing pleasures
and this world's goods. Draw us close to you
that we may be your holy people in word
and deed. This we ask with confidence in the
guidance of your Spirit. Amen.


Purify our hearts, O God, that we may be freed from sin. Amen.
Renew our hearts, O God, that they may burn with love for you. Amen.
Open our hearts, O God, that we may welcome all persons as our brothers and sisters. Amen.


READING: Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters,
by the mercies of God, to present your bodies
as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,
which is our spiritual worship. Do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your minds, so that you may
discern what is the will of God - what is good
and acceptable and perfect.


Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes.

I acclaim the greatness of the Lord,
I delight in God my savior,
who regarded my humble state.
Truly from this day on
all ages will call me blest.

For God, wonderful in power,
has used that strength for me.
Holy the name of the Lord!
Whose mercy embraces the faithful,
one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God
scatters the proud in their conceit,
pulls tyrants from their thrones,
and raises up the humble.
The Lord fills the starving
and lets the rich go hungry.

God rescues lowly Israel,
recalling the promise of mercy,
the promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham’s heirs for ever.


Strong and faithful God, you call us to continual
conversion, and we respond in hope:

~ Saving God, hear us.

In the wilderness of uncertainty, injustice, crime
and violence, we pray:

In the desert times of illness, loneliness and loss
of loved ones, we pray:

In the midst of world hunger, war, homelessness
and greed, we pray:

In thanksgiving for our baptism into the life
of discipleship, we pray:

In support of all those preparing for baptism
and full communion in the church, we pray:



Loving God, you are rich in mercy for all
those who suffer. Help us to recognize and
serve you in the poor, sick an ignorant. Teach
us to discern your will - whatever is good and
acceptable and perfect - in all that we do. We
ask this in the name of Jesus, our way, our truth
and our life. Amen.


Purify our hearts, O God, that we may be freed from sin. Amen.
Renew our hearts, O God, that they may burn with love for you. Amen.
Open our hearts, O God, that we may welcome all persons as our brothers and sisters. Amen.