The Solemn Liturgy of Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday
5:30 PM


Remember, O man, that dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

The choir and priests process in silence to begin this Liturgy. After the choir sings the Introit and the Rector says the Collect of the Day, the Liturgy of the Word proceeds with the reading of lessons, the singing of the psalm and a hymn, and a sermon.

Then, the Rector invites us to an Observance of a Holy Lent and blesses the ashes. As the choir sings the Miserere, the members of the congregation come forward to receive ashes on their foreheads.

After ashes have been imposed, together we confess our sins and share the peace. The priests then walk up from the chancel to the High Altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, which proceeds like most Choral Eucharists at Saint Thomas. All baptized Christians are invited to come to the altar rail and receive the Sacrament to begin this most holy of seasons.

CelebrantThe Rector
PreacherThe Rector
DeaconFr. Spurlock
SubdeaconFr. Daniels
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
IntroitHide not thou thy face, Richard Farrant (c.1525–1580)
The Liturgy of the Word
LessonIsaiah 58:1-12
Psalm103:8-14 (Plainsong/Tone V3)
Epistle2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10
HymnO for a closer walk with God -- CAITHNESS
GospelMatthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Miserere mei, DeusGregorio Allegri (c. 1582-1652)
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
ServiceMissa XVIII - Deus genitor alme — Plainsong
HymnForty days and forty nights -- AUS DER TIEFE RUFE ICH
AnthemEmendemus in melius, William Byrd (c.1540-1623)