July 22, 2018

Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51 in music


For Ash Wednesday
Two renditions of Psalm 51

“Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love . . .”

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts
Psalm 51:14-17

O God of mercy, hear my call,
My loads of guilt remove;
Break down this separating wall,
That bars me from thy love.

Give me the presence of thy grace,
Then my rejoicing tongue
Shall speak aloud thy righteousness,
And make thy praise my song.

No blood of goats nor heifers slain,
For sin could e’er atone;
The death of Christ shall still remain
Sufficient and alone.

A soul oppressed with sin’s desert,
My God will ne’er despise;
A humble groan, a broken heart,
Is our best sacrifice.

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Miserere Mei Deus (Allegri)
King’s College Choir, Cambridge


  1. From dust we came…and to dust we will return.

    (for a little while)

  2. Nice.

    “The death of Christ shall still remain
    Sufficient and alone.”

    To the religious, this is scandalous!

    I’m so very thankful!

  3. BTW, I have spent HOURS listening to various King Colleges Choir playlists. Love their music.

  4. Christiane says:

    “The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” On Ash Wednesday, we hear echoes of this in the words, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
    Today we are reminded that our lives come from God. Our very existence comes from God. We are owed nothing. We have nothing coming to us. Every breath we take is a reminder of our dependency upon God; every beat of our heart is a reminder that God is the Lord.”

    (a Lenten reflection, Ft. R. Barron)

  5. A cool Ash Wednesday thingy.


  6. I was supposed to chant Ps 51 for our parish for our Lent service and I BOMBED the melody. I kind of made up one on the spot as I was trying to find it, and it worked out, but yeesh, that was embarrassing.