The Solemn Liturgy of Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday
12:10 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.

CelebrantFr. Moretz
PreacherThe Rector
DeaconFr. Spencer
SubdeaconFr. Bennett
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
IntroitExaltabo te Domine, Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594)
The Liturgy of the Word
LessonJoel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm103:8-10 Plainsong (Tone V3)
Epistle2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10
HymnForty days and forty nights -- AUS DER TIEFE RUFE ICH
GospelMatthew 6:1-6, 16-21
The Invitation to the Observance of a Holy Lent
Psalm51 Miserere mei, Deus Gregorio Allegri (c. 1582-1652)
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
ServiceMissa Deus Genitor alme — Plainsong
HymnMy song is love unknown -- LOVE UNKNOWN
AnthemEmendemus in melius, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)