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Two prayers; thanks and confession for the beginning of Lent, on the contrasting themes of carnival and struggle.

Partying God,
thank you for the celebration of carnival:
its raucous noise and garish colours,
its glamour and glitter,
the anticipation of the watchers ...


Struggling God,
in the silence of the wilderness and the deserted streets,
away from the noise and clamour,
we search for you.
In the stripping-away of non-essentials,
in the bareness of our need ...


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