Prayer

Eucharistic Prayer Companion: Ash Wednesday

This Eucharistic Prayer Companion is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to Jesus in the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

ASH WEDNESDAY: JOYFUL SACRIFICE

WORK OF MERCY: Pray for the Living and the Dead

THE GRACE I SEEK: to watch vigilantly for the Lord at all times

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.

Pause for a few moments, and allow yourself to become aware of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist. Realize that, at this very moment, the Lord of Life is gazing upon you with great love. Allow yourself to receive his loving gaze. You are his beloved child. Rest in his loving gaze.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to embrace all the challenges you allow in my life with a grateful heart.

SCRIPTURE MEDITATION

Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:20–21)

FOR REFLECTION

Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

How is Jesus inspiring me to grow as an authentic ambassador for him, a person who invites others to greater reconciliation and communion with God? What concrete choices of holiness can I make in my daily life to be that ambassador as the Church begins the Lenten Season?

SCRIPTURE MEDITATION

Read slowly, 3–4 times. Again, allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you in a personal way through this passage.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” (Matthew 6:16–18)

FOR REFLECTION

How can I trust that God will always provide for me when I make sacrifices for the good of others? Ask Jesus to foster a grateful heart within you, even when you experience suffering.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.

CLOSING PRAYER

Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect, Ash Wednesday)

MASS CONNECTION

At every Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us. We can always join our own offerings with Jesus at Mass. Next time you are at Mass, offer your desire to be an ambassador for Christ, willing to make joyful sacrifices. Ask Jesus to deepen your gratitude for the opportunity to unite your sacrifices to his own sacrifice at Mass.

LOVE IN ACTION

God invites us each day to make big and small sacrifices out of love for others. Prayer is a very profound way to show our love for others. Choose a person in your life that you can intercede for in their need today, or pray for the repose of the soul of a loved one or acquaintance who has passed away.

Would you like to print a copy of this resource to bring with you to the chapel for prayer? Click here to download the Eucharistic Meditations for the Lenten Season in English or Spanish.