Friday, October 14, 2022

382. Ash Wednesday Hymn

It's not exactly a "feast" as such, but since its propers are listed among those for the Sundays in the LSB 3-year lectionary, I'm classing this hymn under the "major feasts" hymns that will be the same for all three years. Of course, I've done an Ash Wednesday hymn before (and I forgot to mention, in my previous post, that I'd also done an Epiphany hymn before). Lessons are Joel 2:12-19, 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 and Matthew 6:1-6 skipping to 16-20. The tune is DOMINE, CLAMAVI by Justin H. Knecht (1797), which Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary paired with "Lord, teach us how to pray aright" and which both Ev. Lutheran Hymn-Book and The Lutheran Hymnal paired with "Why do we mourn departing friends."

Remember, man, that you are dust
And will return to dust!
Repent and turn to God in trust,
Who names the sinner just.

Be reconciled to Him, we plead,
Who, knowing not sin's need,
Was made the sinner in our stead,
And thereby we are freed.

Receive God's grace, and not in vain;
Your prayer He will sustain.
Now is the time the prize to gain,
Salvation to obtain.

This gift surpasses anything
The world at you may fling.
Christ, knowing those who to Him cling,
Life to their dust will bring.

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