14th February was Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent The beautiful collect for Ash Wednesday can be used every day during Lent as part of our personal preparation for Easter. In the traditional version it reads: Almighty and everlasting God,you hate nothing that you have madeand forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:create and make in us new and contrite heartsthat we, worthily lamenting our sinsand acknowledging our wretchedness,may receive from you, the God of all mercy,perfect remission and forgiveness;through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever. Amen. A modern version says: Holy God,our lives are laid open before you:rescue us from the chaos of sin and through the death of your Sonbring us healing and make us wholein Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Why not use these prayers yourself and see how God speaks to you through them this Lent?