Ash Wednesday hymn

Here’s a draft of something for Ash Wednesday. The tune is ‘Let all mortal flesh’.  Comments for improvement are very welcome, as always.

Dust to dust, we mark our repentance,
entering a guilty plea,
Ash to ash, we face our sentence,
Sin writ large for all to see:
Bearing signs of all our falls from grace,
Yearning for your strong embrace.

Dust of earth once shaped and moulded,
human form from Godly hand,
Male and female both enfolded,
part of all that you had planned.
Now O Lord reshape our damaged form,
Hold us till our hearts grow warm.

Dust that fuels the lights of heaven,
Stars and planets passing by,
Atoms of creation’s splendour,
Earth to earth and sky to sky,
Now our dust, redeemed, sings loud and long

in that universal song.


  1. Hi Ally. I offer this in abject humility. I couldn’t do anything like this. But it’s so nearly brilliant that I wonder if you might revisit the last two lines. I just find the idea of dust joining in a ‘sing along’ a bit of an anti-climax, and a rather peculiar image

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