God our Father,
Your Son, taking on our humanity, was led by your Spirit into the desert to confront the passions that threaten to mislead us all. In the garden, he willingly accepted the agony of knowing what it is to be cut off from God when we follow those passions. And on the cross, he became sin itself to release us from its grip.
Descending into the depths of hell, he showed us how to confront and accept our humanity so that we may rise with him in Easter glory, take on his divinity, and ascend to you in Spirit and truth.
During this Lenten season of heightened prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, help us to enter into the true Passion of Christ to confront and overcome the human passions that threaten to delude us into self-exaltation. Grant us the humility that allows us to be more human, more like Christ--who humbled himself for us. May we know the joy of descending the ladder of humility with him, so that we may ascend to you with him through self-knowledge.
Increase our faith, hope, and love, so that through self-sacrifice we may seek the things that are above while keeping our feet firmly planted on the ground from which we were formed by you, the Creator who gives us all that is good, and promises more than we can imagine.
Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.