4 The desert is an important place in the Bible. It is a quiet place to meet God, to think deeply, and to have a change of heart. It can also be a place of hunger, thirst, or attack from some dangerous creature. The desert is thus a symbol for those times in life when our faith is tested. Though such times are difficult, they actually help us grow closer to God. Lent is our yearly retreat to the desert. The desert U When the Entrance Chant is concluded, the Priest says: 1  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. U The people reply: 1  Amen. Greeting 1  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,/ and the love of God,/ and the communion of the Holy Spirit/ be with you all. 1  And with your spirit. Penitential Act 1  Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins,/ and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. 1  I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do, U And, striking their breast, they say: through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; U And they continue: therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. 1  May almighty God have mercy on us,/ forgive us our sins,/ and bring us to everlasting life. 1  Amen. Kyrie, eleison 1  Lord, have mercy. 1  Lord, have mercy. 1  Christ, have mercy. 1  Christ, have mercy. 1  Lord, have mercy. 1  Lord, have mercy. U The Gloria is omitted during Lent. Collect 1  Grant, almighty God,/ through the yearly observances of holy Lent,/ that we may grow in understanding/ of the riches hidden in Christ/ and by Sunday, March 1st First Sunday of Lent THIS WEEK’S SPOTLIGHT