Thursday, February 7, 2008

Ash Wednesday

This year will be my first observance of Lent. Yesterday was my first time having ashes applied to my forehead. The liturgy... while the same as always... was different from the usual. The Introit, the Gradual, the Tract and the hymns were very fitting. The Antiphon was from the book of Wisdom and Pastor's chanting made it even more hauntingly beautiful.

You have mercy on all, O Lord, and abhor nothing you have made.
You look past the sins of men that they may repent:
You spare all because you are the lover of souls.

Be merciful to be, O God, be merciful to me:
For my soul trusts in you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

You have mercy on all, O Lord, and abhor nothing you have made.
You look past the sins of men that they may repent:
You spare all because you are the lover of souls.


The "lover of souls" part really touches me. I think I will read the book of Wisdom.

3 comments:

Chris said...

Welcome to Lutheranism :-). I ran into your comment on Fr. Weedon's blog. May I ask what you were before this year?

God bless.

L P Cruz said...

Welcome too to you.

Your fellow refugee.

LPC

orthodoxy hunter said...

Chris, Did you get my email?

LPC.. I was never a Calvy, but I wrestled with a bunch of them. I still don't really get the whole JBFA hoopla we have here, and I don't know what I think of foreknowledge, predestination and all that stuff. It feels like an unsolvable puzzle.