Fifth Sunday of Lent – Opening Prayer (Cycle C)

God of power,

God of mercy,

you bring forth springs in the wasteland

and turn despair into hope.

Look not upon the sins of our past,

but lift from our hearts

the failures that weigh us down,

that we may find refreshment and life

in 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.