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Grant us, O Lord our Strength, a true love of your holy Name; so that, trusting in your grace, we may fear no earthly evil, nor fix our hearts on earthly goods, but may rejoice in your full salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Look  at this image of a single rose.  What do you notice immediately?  Now take a deeper look, appreciating each petal, the intense shades of color, shadows and light, the green leaves of the background.  What do you see now?

Reflect.  Many of us think of roses as a symbol of love, one often given to mark a special relationship between persons.  The Collect today asks the Divine One to provide a gift of true love of God’s holy name.  Think about the holy name you most often use for God.  What feeling does that name invoke in your heart?  Consider the words from our prayer that hope for our ability to trust God, have no fear, and ultimately, to rejoice in relationship with the Divinity.

Act.  Today use the Holy Name of the Divine One in prayer for a good purpose on behalf of yourself, or perhaps another.  Pray for a release from fear, for the ability to focus on what is important and for the joy that is now, and is to come.

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “Rose ”   /Place: Baltimore, Maryland  /Photographer: Jon Shematek