grant through the yearly observances of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
LORD Jesus Christ, You are the true Light enlightening every soul born into this world.
You are the Light of the world, shining
in the darkness of our times.
Help us to live in that Light, to make it our own, and to kindle it in the souls of others, increasing the area of light and lessening the darkness in the world.
Then we, too, working for You shall be light-bearers who will help to spread Your kingdom on earth, and increase the number of those who dwell in heaven, the city of eternal light.