Let us pray, at the beginning of Lent for the spirit of repentance.
Lord our God, you formed us from the clay of the earth
and breathed into us the spirit of life, but we turned from your face and sinned.
In this time of repentance we call out for your mercy.
Bring us back to you and to the life your Son won for us
by his death on the cross, for he lives and reigns for ever and ever.