Friday after Ash Wednesday
Show gracious favour, O Lord, we pray, to the works of penance we have begun, that we may have strength to accomplish with sincerity the bodily observances we undertake. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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AT OTTAWA AIRPORT
On Shrove Tuesday, Ottawa religious leaders and members of the United Way gathered at the Ottawa International Airport for some Kindness Week action: giving chocolates to arriving passengers (some returning home, others visiting on business or family affairs.
Reactions were various: startled, happy, indifferent, pleased. It was a happy experience and the happiness was contagious.
Today is the last day of Kindness Week, but kind gestures are always in season (they go well with Lenten disciplines!)
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Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Almighty ever-living God look with compassion on our weakness and ensure us your protection by stretching forth the right hand of your majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.