Fourth Sunday of Lent – Opening Prayer (Cycle C)

God of compassion,

you await the sinner’s return

and spread a feast to welcome home the lost.

Save us from the temptations

that lead away from you,

and draw us back by the constancy of your love,

that we may take our place in your household

and gladly share our inheritance with others.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

holy and mighty God for ever and ever.